There are more animals in the shelter than ever before

castle villageThe situation at the animal shelter in Burgdorf is alarming – just as it is in many animal shelters in Germany. The facility on Friederikenstraße is virtually bursting at the seams and, as a result of the pandemic, staff have to take care of more animals than ever before. The contact point, supported by the German Animal Welfare Association, a local association in Hannover, takes over the task of sheltering the animals located in addition to the Burgdorf in Lehrte, Sehnde and Uetze. Currently, municipal subsidies cover only half of the costs. Expansion to increase capacity does not seem possible due to building rights.

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Corona dogs push animal shelters to their limits

33 dogs, 34 cats, five guinea pigs, five rabbits, a snake, three bellied pigs, five parrots, seven quails, and a tortoise: this looks like a living animal. But this is causing major problems for the animal shelter’s director, Diandra Boczyk, and the president of the sponsoring association, Gondola Brugger. This makes you angry. Because it’s a development that Boczek had already warned about at the start of the pandemic. At that time, many people had a pet, especially a dog. Often on the Internet, without first thinking about whether the conditions will allow the pet at all and whether the characteristics of the breed are compatible with the status of the owner.

“Not many animals have seen a dog school, and now, with social difficulty, they come to us as problem animals,” Buczyk says. before it is adopted. if that’s how it is. The director of the animal shelter says angrily: “Disposing of healthy animals just because they ‘expired’ is absolutely prohibited.” These animals often ended up in the shelter after a few days. Municipalities have to pay them – after all, it is their duty to house these animals.

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Municipalities don’t pay enough money

However, the amounts paid so far are insufficient. Quite not. Coverage was just under 46 percent in 2018 and 2019. “We can’t afford to support municipalities, and we absolutely can’t do that, or else our nonprofit situation is at risk.” Continuing the practice at the current level will lead to the long-term bankruptcy of the association and thus the closure of the animal shelter – which means that the municipalities themselves must see what to do with the animals.

In light of this situation, Brügger began negotiations with the municipalities. She would like to cover 100% of the costs if possible – along with a doubling of existing payments and a regular review of the costs incurred. And what makes it all so expensive? In addition to the costs of qualified personnel, energy, feed and veterinary treatment, this is mainly due to high quality and hygiene standards, explains the director of the animal shelter Boczek. In fact, it was necessary to expand in order to increase capacity – but the city has expressed concerns about building regulations.

The release of animals from confiscation takes a long time

Why not move animals that can at least be placed when the animal shelter is very tight? “Because even puppy brokerage is very difficult right now. Half of the dogs we own are now small dogs,” Buczyk says. On the other hand, many who were toying with the idea of ​​having a pet got one during the acute phase of the Corona pandemic. Another, animal shelter places great importance on finding a home for their animals where they are cared for and encouraged in a species-appropriate manner – for the long term.

On the other hand, online retailers do not care about the fate of these puppies, who often end up in animal shelters. W: Sometimes it takes a very long time before animals that come from so-called torture breeds that have been confiscated by the veterinary office are placed at all. “The owners don’t want to give up their profits and are suing for forfeiture,” says Boczek. “It takes a long time before that is determined.” That’s why more burglaries are occurring at other animal shelters, Boczek and Brügger report in unison.

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Security made to measure: Gundula Brügger (from left), president of the sponsoring association for the animal shelter in Burgdorf, discusses the new alarm technology with Maren Fellmann and Jens Siegl of IT and TK Solutions Siegl.

New alarm technology to protect employees and animals

To avoid this, the latest safety technology has now been installed in the shelter. “There are only 120 of those in Germany,” says Jens Siegel, owner of the IT company with a branch in Burgdorf, who oversees everything. In northern Germany, the Burgdorf animal shelter is an experimental project, says an outspoken animal lover, who is sponsoring part of the technology.

And what can the alarm system do? It is equipped with video surveillance, motion detectors, door contacts and fire alarms. Even a smoke detector is connected to the system. If there is an alarm, the mobile will be notified of it via an application. From there, the cameras can be directly controlled to see what’s going on. And it works well at night too. Because the camera records in color and works with residual light amplification — “like cat eyes,” Siegel says — and if that’s not enough, with additional white light.

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