The RSPCA has revealed that the number of abandoned pets has increased significantly as owners struggle to afford the cost of their own and their pet’s upkeep, an article by the BBC has shown. Statistics from the RSPCA show that the number of pets abandoned went from 24,638 in 2007 up to a staggering 40,595 in 2011.
This rise is believed to be due to the recession, and the fact that owners simply afford the on-going cost for food and health care required when owning a pet.
Gavin Grant, the chief executive of the RSPCA says that his charity is “struggling to cope” with this recent increase as less animals are getting rehomed. Figures suggest that the number of animals that were welcomed to new families went from 36,070 in 2009 down to 29,880 in 2011, a massive 6190 drop.
With maintenance and running costs increasing 8% from £111 million up to £120 million and both cats anddogs taking longer to rehabilitate and rehome, Mr Grant says that animals need their help more than ever, and despite the recession coming to an end, animals are the silent victims in need of desperate assistance.
The RSPCA relies heavily on their staff and volunteers who are struggling to cope with the massive rise in abandonment, with helping those suffering from cruelty taking priority.