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MILFORD — Milford Animal Administration put out The choice. The group answered.

Final Sunday, Animal Administration Officer Keith Haynes submited on Fb thOn the division was in want of Pet meals.

“The Milford Animal Administration Department is in determined want of canned Pet meals,” Haynes wrote. “Donations Can be properly appreciated. All donations Might be left On the ramp facet door.”

Since then, a quantity of people have come to The three Fiske Mill Road facility to drop off Pet meals. And completely differents have pledged to Arrange month-to-month subscriptions on websites like Amazon and Chewy To assist feed the captive canines Finally, Haynes said.

Haynes said he has seen extra canines in current months — there are presently 5 Out there — than Prior to now.

“What occurred was, when COVID acquired here round, A lot Of people adopted animals,” he said. “Now, Individuals are shifting or going again to work They typically Do not have time for the animals anyextra And a lot of of Individuals are Eliminating them.”

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In abandonment circumstances, canines Are typically dumped on the facet of the road with no Method to get house. The canines Discover your self Inside the care of animal control till They’re positioned in new houses.

Milford Is not the one group that has seen A greater Number of stray canines.

Jennifer Condon, proprietor of Boardman’s Animal Administration in Maynard, said she has additionally noticed an “uptick” in strays By way of the previous few months. Boardman acts as animal control officer in a quantity of communities — Concord, Maynard, Lincoln, Hudson, Sudbury, Wayland and Southborough.

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She said she had been housing seven canines since November till she currently found houses for them.

In Milford, whereas 5 canines Does not sound like a lot, That is truly solely a portion of The exact quantity. It Does not rely the pretty A pair of canines that Haynes said he decides up As quickly as they’re working unfastened and has To deal with them. It could typically take a quantity of days earlier than he locates an proprietor. So as that provides to The quantity of Pet meals he wants.

Some people purposely Do not decide up their canines for a quantity of days as a Outcome of the animals are unlicensed. Instead, canine house proprietors wait till They’ve An alternative to license their pets earlier than reclaiming them.

“I simply Bear 30 or 40 cans of meals Every week, typically extra,” Haynes said.

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The metropolis budgets a “small quantity” for animal meals, Haynes said, including that A lot of the division’s wants are met by the group, be it meals, blankets or completely different gadgets.

“There are A lot Of fantastic people On the metropolis,” he said. “Everytime you ask the group, they typically assist out. People are good. I exactly like Milford. I exactly like people On this group.  Anytime we ever ask, anytime we submit something, people exactly step forward. They’re exactly good people.”

Norman Miller Might be reached at 508-626-3823 or [email protected] For up-to-date public safety information, Adjust to Norman Miller on Twitter @Norman_MillerMW or on Fb at


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