The rising cost of living and the pandemic, according to Devon animal shelter administrators, have led to an increase in the number of unwanted pets.
RSPCA Little Valley manager Jo Evans said financial difficulties were one of the “major reasons” animals were being taken in by the organization…
The rising cost of veterinary care, according to her, was putting a strain on many pet owners.
Responsability is hard
One of the most common reasons individuals welcome animals into their homes is because they cannot afford to live without them, according to Ms. Evans.
Because of the rising cost of veterinary care, “many are having a hard time making ends meet.”
This trend of people stating that they just cannot afford to keep an animal as a pet is becoming more common these days, according to the animal advocate.
Before adopting an animal, the shelter manager urged folks to do their research because “it’s not cheap”.
She concluded by saying: “People should consider their actions more carefully before taking on an animal. As a result, it’s a significant duty that comes at a high price.”
Another Ottery Saint Mary animal shelter reported similar problems.
“People are taking multiple jobs just to pay their bills at home and they’re not at home to look after their pets, let alone the cost of veterinarians and feeding,” ARC Animal Rescue Centre manager Crystal Scott said.
It’s a sad fact that many of these people are forced to give up their dogs and bring them to us.
Electricity and veterinary expenditures have increased because of the rising cost of living, according to her.
She added: “There’s always a little bit of panic involved when anything like this happens.” As soon as possible, people strive to save money, and if the pet is the only item you can save money on, then that’s how it goes.
On a year-over-year basis, the number of calls received increased by 12%, to 3,241.