Tierheim Hannover takes 14 abandoned animals in just one week

Langenhagen. Three guinea pigs, two ferrets, three rabbits, four cats, a dog and an animal: this is the sad outcome of spending a week at an animal shelter in Langenhagen. 14 abandoned animals arrived at the facility on Evershorster Straße in Krähenwinkel within seven days. The director of the animal shelter, Doris Petrick, doesn’t want to commit to one cause for the massive increase. But she also says, “This summer, the increase in the major holiday season has been noticeable.”

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However, Peterek considers research into the cause purely speculative: So far, the animal shelter has never felt the impact of travel time in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic has not been observed at the facility as a cause of an increase in the number of pets being abandoned. “Cases where people have bought animals due to corona restrictions that they can no longer do anything with after the mitigation have not increased with us,” says Petterik.

Almost fully occupied: there is currently no room left for dogs, cats or other small animals at the Langenhagen animal shelter.

However, she believes the recent trend is worrying. The animal shelter in Langenhagen is operated by the Association for the Protection of Animals in Hanover and the surrounding area. Therefore, the catchment area extends far beyond the city limits of Langenhagen and also includes the state capital Hanover, Wiedmark, Spring and Rönnenberg. Against this background, the director reports on the circumstances in which some newcomers were found.

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Abandoned rodents die in extreme heat

In Groß-Buchholz in Hanover, two ferrets were simply stopped in a transport box on the street due to the heat. “They didn’t survive the stress and they died.” “Otherwise, she would have died, too,” Petterik says.

It also shows little understanding of the cause of the snake found in the stairwell in Hannover-Stocken, which is now at the Wildlife and Species Conservation Station in Sachsenhagen. In the case of an abandoned Labrador that was seized at the company premises in Langenhagen, the animal shelter received an anonymous call while trying to find the owner. “The owner doesn’t want the stupid dog back,” the caller said.

Velvet Claws Wait: Animal protector Karina Mittendorf also takes care of Oscar's cat, whose animal shelter is looking for a new home.

Velvet Claws Wait: Animal protector Karina Mittendorf also takes care of Oscar’s cat, whose animal shelter is looking for a new home.

No more room for extra dogs

The fact that more and more animals are being abandoned is causing increasing problems at the animal shelter: “We only have room for 60 dogs and this area is currently completely occupied,” says Petrick. There are currently 170 animals in the cat house and there are still a maximum of ten places available. Things also get tight in the area for small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice. But Petrick warns against abandoning the animals anyway: “It’s a crime.”

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The director of the animal shelter, which has a total of 54 employees, also describes the effort. “If an owner can be identified, we will notify the regulatory office.” The authority then decides whether this is an administrative offence. But: “If the animal has been visibly harmed or suffering by being exposed, the case is brought to the prosecutor’s office as a criminal offense,” says Peterek.

No one should abandon an animal

She considers animal abandonment “cowardly” anyway. Peterek: “If someone wants to get rid of their animal, they can also pay the flat amount and give us more details so we can better position the animal.” It has no more space. “We can still log the data and start mediation attempts,” Petterik confirms.

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After all, according to the management of the facility, the care of animals at home is largely secured financially: the Animal Protection Association has more than 12,000 members, it has good income from contributions, donations are received and are also taken into account in the case of inheritance. Municipalities in the catchment area are also responsible for lost and found matters and the payment of fixed rates regulated by contracts. For animals visibly left on the outskirts of the Hanover area, the responsible authority subsidizes accommodations for four weeks. In the event of a violation of the Animal Welfare Act, there is also compensation from the veterinary office.

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Director: Doris Petterik You're currently noticing an increase in abandoned animals and newcomers to the animal shelter in Langenhagen.

Director: Doris Petterik You’re currently noticing an increase in abandoned animals and newcomers to the animal shelter in Langenhagen.

The focus of efforts at the animal shelter is also on continuous placement: “On average, each animal can be expected to stay with us for about two months before we find a new home,” Peterek reports. However, there are also animals that should be kept longer. The shelter remains largely closed to the public. “Appointments are made in mediation situations so that the animals do not disturb large groups of people,” says the manager.

The Hanover Animal Shelter, Evershorster Straße 80 in Langenhagen-Krähenwinkel, can be reached by calling (0511) 9733980.

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