Pet abandonment rises as cost of living continues to bite
There is a rise in the number of abandoned animals on the streets of Cumbria, raising fears of an animal welfare crisis.
The cost of living crisis has left many families struggling to feed themselves and heat their homes, which means many tragically cannot afford to keep their pets, fueling rising abandonment of animals.
West Cumbrian animal volunteer Ramona Holloway expressed concern about the number of dropouts due to the cost of living crisis and the lack of volunteers to help with the increases saying: “The worst is yet to come. come”.
Ramona warned that a lack of volunteers and space to house abandoned dogs could lead to the culling of healthy dogs.
She is launching a campaign to pressure politicians to support the TUKS Act which would legally require vets to scan microchips before euthanizing healthy dogs.
The RSPCA also echoed Ramona’s warning after a study said the cost of living crisis is the most pressing threat to pet welfare.
The ‘Animal Friendliness Index Report’ found that 68% of people surveyed were worried about the rising cost of their care, and almost a fifth were worried about how they could afford to feed their pets, with these figures expected to rise further with rising energy costs and inflation expected to reach 18%.
The dog trust also released shocking figures that a third of dog owners in the north felt they couldn’t give their dog everything they needed due to the cost of living and warned against a “looming housing crisis for dogs”.
The charity has issued an urgent appeal for emergency foster homes for abandoned dogs as fears grow over an influx of homeless dogs.
Emma Slawinski, Director of Advocacy and Policy at the RSPCA, said: ‘We cannot ignore the strong suggestion that the cost of living crisis is the biggest threat to pets in the UK today’ today”.
“We are on the brink of an animal welfare crisis and, tragically, we are starting to see an increase in pet abandonment – it is absolutely heartbreaking.”
Anyone concerned about the welfare of their pet is urged to contact the RSPCA.
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