Market dog sitting would be complicated

While it’s wonderful that the Saltspring SPCA has a large enough volunteer base for dog sitting, we don't have enough volunteers

Re: Lenore Leitch’s letter to the editor “Dog ban is good” (The NEWS, Aug. 13).

While it’s wonderful that the Saltspring SPCA has a large enough volunteer base to accomplish dog sitting at the market there, we find it difficult to have enough volunteers for the ongoing fundraising and dog socializing done for the animals without a home in our shelter’s care.

Many of us donate a lot of our time in several areas to try to cover this shortfall.

I challenge Leitch to take on/put into effect her suggestion and donate the money to the  local SPCA.

Some things she might consider:

Volunteers available 52 weeks of the year for what could be a five hour shift.

Volunteers sufficiently trained to handle the altercations that would occur with dogs unknown to each other being handled by strangers in a small space.

(According to other writers these altercations seemingly occur at the market even when the dogs are under the alert care of their humans.)

Waivers to be signed by volunteers and the dogs’ humans in the event of injuries to either dogs or people.

First aid kits for humans and animals.

Crates for dogs volunteers may have difficulty handling or when all the volunteers can’t show up. [Ah yes!]

Volunteers will need to know how to have a dog enter a crate in a safe (for volunteers as well as dogs) and humane way. One crate per dog for sanitary/health reasons.

Sturdy fencing to surround the area in the event a dog gets loose.

At the end of the morning, disposal of full poop bags, with water bowls, crates and fencing needing to be disinfected and stored for next week’s use.

Garda Rowe, SPCA VolunteerParksville

Just Posted

Development permit issued for four-storey apartment on Dogwood Street

Proposed 63-unit building will include water conservation measures

Mark Chandler running for City of Parksville councillor

Chandler will focus on affordable housing, fiscal responsibility, economic growth and crime

New data gives insight into Parksville Qualicum Beach-area homeless community

42 without homes agree to take survey on gender, age, health, length of time in community

Parksville singer to celebrate birthday with concert

Robbie Van looking to raise money for Haven Society

Mt. Washington season passholders to be the first to receive the new tech in-hand

The new hands-free tech will be in full effect for winter 2018-19

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rider says event provides badly needed support

Cancer survivor and volunteer firefighter Nicole Emery speaks about importance of fundraising tour

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

Most Read