I don’t know if the recession has anything to do with it, but we have had many stray dogs wandering around this year. Are people just driving to the countryside, and letting their dogs out? I don’t know. But it is a very hard thing for us animal lovers.
You can’t let your heart rule, and take them in. A friend of ours in the village did that, and he know has 11 dogs and 14 cats. People just drop their unwanted pets over his fence now. We don’t want that, and frankly, couldn’t afford it, anyway.
We had a cute little stray girl dog show up last week. We suspect she was left behind accidentally by some people who took a walk with loads of dogs – but if that’s the case, why didn’t they come back and look for her? Can’t figure that one out.
After some persistence, we managed to get the local cops involved (strays are in their domain, but as they cost the local government money, they prefer to ignore them). We checked to see if she was microchipped. No such luck. They finally told us about a (non-euthanizing) kennel that they have an arrangement with, so we are taking her there today.
I’m not very happy about the whole thing. It’s not a perfect solution, but we feel we’ve done the best we can. It’s not always easy to be an animal lover here.