RSPCA expects rise in dumped pets after surge in animals adopted in lockdown
THE RSPCA in Hampshire is bracing itself for a rise in the number of animals abandoned this winter as pet ownership has risen sharply during the pandemic.
The number of unwanted pets rescued by the charity in the county during the whole of 2019 was 109. In November alone this year there have already been 11 reports of dumped animals.
Sales of puppies and kittens shot up during lockdown with people looking for something to keep them occupied.
But the reality of keeping a demanding animal, along with many people suffering financial struggles, means the RSPCA believes it could see record numbers of pets ending up not being wanted.
A recent national YouGov poll revealed that nearly one in six people who had acquired a pet during lockdown were now worried about the cost of looking after them in the future.
Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “The last thing we want to see is animals dumped and left out in the cold, so we’d urge anyone who is struggling to care for their pets to please reach out to friends, family and charities for support instead.”