RSPCA warns of winter crises as Dog abandonment Rates Rocket

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In the heart-warming embrace of our communities, the loyal barks and purrs of our beloved pets often echo as symbols of unconditional love and joy. However, today, we share a concerning trend of dog abandonment and pet rehoming rates in general that underscores the need for our collective compassion and action.

The RSPCA, a beacon of hope for animals in distress, has revealed alarming statistics showing a sharp increase in the number of pets, including our dear dogs, cats, and even reptiles, being abandoned in the UK. This distressing trend, fuelled by the ongoing cost of living crisis, calls to our hearts.

West Sussex, UK is anticipating a heart-wrenching 37.9% increase in abandonment reports this year compared to 2020, while East Sussex, UK faces a 20.7% rise. Each number represents a precious life facing uncertainty and longing for a loving home.

Just earlier this year, it was reported that there had been a 73% increase in dog abandonment. The root of this crisis is multifaceted. On one hand, we see the impact of unscrupulous breeders, who, in their pursuit of making a quick buck, have left numerous puppies without homes.

On the other hand, everyday families, full of love but caught in the grip of financial hardship, find themselves unable to provide for their loving companions.

Dermot Murphy, of the RSPCA’s Inspectorate team, shares touching stories of families torn between feeding themselves and their pets, or facing the heartbreak of eviction with no pet-friendly alternatives in sight.

This holiday season, the RSPCA extends a heartfelt invitation to all animal lovers: to be part of their Christmas Rescue mission. Your generosity can light up the lives of countless animals who find themselves in dire situations. As abandonment calls hit a three-year peak, the need for our support has never been more urgent.

RSPCA Christmas Rescue

The winter months loom with a particular chill this year, as Sussex’s rescue centres reach capacity, and the RSPCA prepares for what may be their busiest season yet. 

Each animal they save is not just a statistic, but a life filled with potential for love and companionship.

Let’s come together in this season of giving. By supporting the RSPCA, we can ensure that every animal in need finds the warmth, care, and love they so deserve, turning this winter of challenge into a winter of hope.

Most common dog breeds that find themselves in shelters: 

  1. Staffordshire Bull terrier
  2. Border Collie
  3. Husky
  4. Boxer Dog
  5. German Shepherd 
  6. Chihuahua
  7. Greyhound
  8. American Bulldog
  9. Jack Russell Terrier
  10. Labrador Retriever
  11. American Pit Bull Terrier
  12. Pug
  13. Shih Tzu
  14. Rottweiler
  15. Lurcher
  16. Beagle
  17. Pointer 
  18. Mixed Breeds

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