The current moment of the new coronavirus pandemic, marked by the relaxation of measures to combat Covid-19, has reserved cruel moments for those who work for the animal cause in Curitiba and region. It’s just that after the pet adoption movement grew in times of greater social isolation, now, with the resumption of the economy and sociability itself, many of these same people are getting rid of them.
The creator of Miaumigos, which works with the rescue and adoption of felines, Heloisa Manzano comments that the return of animals that had been adopted always happened, especially at the end of the year, when many people go on vacation, go on a trip and, in order not to having to pay for a hotel or not finding someone to take care of the pet during the period of absence, ends up getting rid of the pet. Since the end of last year, however, this movement has been accentuated in a way that she defines as painful.
“There was a wave of a lot of adoption at the beginning of the pandemic, they started to adopt too much, including older animals”, points out Manzano, revealing that since the end of 2021, when social isolation measures began to be relaxed in Paraná, many people started returning the animals.
“Only this month [abril] we had six returns. And it’s normal to have a return, but this time it’s been more painful, more painful. People wanted them to keep them company, the little animal that we see in a photo on the social network, the person saying that he saved her from depression, always working on the side, and suddenly they decide to return the animals as if they were objects”, he laments.
In the Adote Um Vira Lata Project, founder Letícia Carolina Tavares Fernandes also comments that another big problem has been the lack of actions since mid-2021. regardless if it’s a puppy, dog, cat. And without donating animals, we cannot receive more, we cannot rescue,” she reports.
Economic crisis affects animal protection institutions and puts pressure on projects
The situation becomes even more problematic in view of the financial difficulties faced by most projects linked to the animal cause. The pandemic also ended up worsening an economic crisis, which made many people who financially supported these initiatives stop contributing.
In addition, the return of pets that had already been adopted ends up generating an extra, unforeseen expense, increasing expenses at a time when revenues are already strangled.
“This [devolução de pets]For us, it creates chaos. We have an x number of animals, more are coming, there is no food, apart from the stress, because the animal is used to the environment in which it lived”, says Heloisa Manzano.
“Little animals feel like us. They cling, they consider that territory of theirs. If you take them out of there and put them somewhere else, they get bewildered, it affects their temper, they get a sadder look. The issue is very heavy. If he was attached, he doesn’t want to eat, he cries a lot… It’s very sad. They consider us as family”, says Letícia Carolina Tavares Fernandes.
How to help an institution
It is possible to help projects that work in favor of the animal cause in several ways. One of them is publicizing their own projects and NGOs on social networks, by sharing posts, for example. Another way is to act as a volunteer, working on the most diverse fronts: caring for pets that are awaiting adoption or even contributing in some way to initiatives with knowledge you already have in your area of activity (marketing, advocacy, event organization, etc).
Another way is to sponsor the projects and contribute financially or even donate medicines and food, among other items. “We have always depended on donation, we need people to donate. This year we thought of a way to give back. The person gives, but also receives. Yesterday we launched a clothing brand, whose profit will be donated to animals. The name of the project is A Voz dos Que Não Falam”, says Letícia Fernandes, from Adote Um Vira Lata.
To collaborate, just search the social networks of the two projects and get in touch via message. In addition, it is also common to hold raffles to raise funds, as reported by Manzano, from Miaugatos.
Mixed-breed animals (SRDs), popularly known as mutts, are the favorites of Brazilian tutors. This is what the survey carried out by a company specialized in the pet sitters market points out, which has a predominance of SRDs among dogs and cats in its registry. Curitiba follows the country’s trend, according to the city’s Animal Protection Network. The SRDs are 47% of the dogs in the homes in Curitiba.