Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has stated that the crisis in cost of living could cause more abandonment.
Rising costs in the UK could have “A worrying effect” on the welfare of people’s pets, one of the biggest animal charities in the country warned on Saturday.
Sky News spoke with a spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “rising cost of living puts a strain on people’s finances,”There is concern about more animals being abandoned. There are also concerns that there could be an increase in pet adoptions. “being treated with home remedies to cut costs instead of being taken to the vet.”
“These could all impact animal welfare in a negative way.” the spokesman said, while urging pet owners struggling with care for their animals to “Ask for help from family and friends” or reputable charities.
The RSPCA earlier this month reported that there was an increase in the cost of living. “a further dimension”Due to the Covid-19 pandemic which saw a huge increase in dog ownership, there was an increase in animal cruelty and abandonments. A Pet Food Manufacturers Association report from 2021 states that more than 3 million dogs were bought in the UK under the lockdown. Last year, more than 92,000 dogs were reported to the charity as victims of cruelty – a 16% rise in one year.
While the average monthly cost of care for a small dog, according to vet charity PDSA, is about £50 ($60), expenses can skyrocket if a pet becomes ill, with some procedures costing thousands of pounds.
In July, Oak Tree Animals’ Charity in Cumbria reported a sharp increase in abandonments due to financial hardships. The shelter saw an increase of 500% in animals being taken into care between January-July, compared to last year.
The charity stated that donations have fallen as more people are able to afford to support the center.
Europe’s energy crisis has been made worse by sanctions against Moscow for the Ukraine conflict, and the decline in Russian natural gas supply. Although the UK does not depend on Moscow directly for its fuel supply, rising energy costs are still a problem.
Annual household bills in the UK are expected to surpass £3,300 ($3,971) this winter, according to energy consultant Cornwall Insight. The Times last month reported that 6 million British households may be affected by power cut if Russian gas supplies are stopped to Europe.
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