Leading animal rescue charity, RSPCA, has issued a warning over the amount of unwanted and abandoned pets they are expecting to see as lockdown restrictions start to ease in the UK.

They have announced that they are preparing themselves as an organisation for a ‘summer surge’ in the abandonment of animals and pets as a result of our lives starting to get back to normal after the past few months of lockdown.

Despite the general advice across animal charities and veterinary professionals being to avoid taking on a new pet during the coronavirus pandemic, many households across Britain have brought a new animal friend into their homes.

“During lockdown, we’ve seen pets become a source of comfort and support for people and it appears many people have taken on new animals.”

– Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams

New pet owners have thanked pets for giving them a source of comfort and boosting their spirits during a difficult time. However, unfortunately, now that restrictions are being lifted, it is a worry that many of these households will not be able to correctly care for these pets. This leads to the predicted spike in the amount of animal abandonments across the country.

Since lockdown began, the animal welfare charity received reports of around 3,492 abandoned animals (40 calls a day). Typically, they see abandonment peak in the summer months, but they may be higher this year than ever before.

What should you do if you can no longer look after your pet?

1. Ask friends and family for help.

2. Contact your vet about payment plans, discounts or vouchers for neutering or any other treatment needed.

3. Get in touch with local rehoming charities for advice.

4. Visit the RSPCA website for welfare advice.

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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