By Rachel Muraca - Customer Service
The below text & images are taken from Stop The Clock.
Victoria is the only state in Australia that enforces a time limit on pounds and shelters looking to find new homes for dogs and cats. The following item in the Code results in the unnecessary killing of healthy adoptable cats and dogs for no reason other than to comply with the Code:
“The maximum time any animal selected for sale can be held at a shelter is four weeks. At the conclusion of this period, the animal must be euthanased or permanently removed from the facility, for example, by placement in a foster program.”
Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds 2.3.7
Some of us just take a bit longer to meet our match
Labour has suggested increasing the deadline by two weeks but every Victorian shelter wants it removed.
It’s not in anyone’s interest to continue forcing our shelters to destroy healthy adoptable pets. Shelters should be trusted to assess the needs of the individual dogs and cats they deem suitable for rehousing. Progressive shelters are using volunteers to provide exercise and enrichment for animals as well as using foster care in a home environment.
Some animals require treatment for illness, injury or behavioural problems. This is not always viable with Victoria's 28 day deadline for adoption.
Join in our calls to have this unfair deadline abolished.
Visit Stop The Clock.