September 25th, 2016

RSPCA issues pet plea as it braces for a summer of abandoned animals

RSPCA issues pet plea as it braces for a summer of abandoned animals RSPCA issues pet plea as it braces for a summer of abandoned animals
An abandoned pet found by the RSPCA.

THE RSPCA had to deal with 98 pets dumped in Warwickshire and 33 dumped in Worcestershire during 2015, according to the latest figures from the charity.

In all in 2015, 2,751 animals were rescued by the animal welfare charity with a peak in admissions in July. Now the RSPCA is bracing itself for another summertime influx of dumped animals this year too.

It is thought one contributing factor of people dumping their animals in the summer months is down to some owners heading off on holiday and not finding anyone to look after their pet while they are away.

RSPCA Supt Simon Osborne said: “People often think that Christmas is the time we see the most abandoned animals – but it is actually the summer.

“In the summer months the number of dumped animals we rescue spikes up in number – with one animal being collected every hour on average.”

Simon added: “When people take on a new pet – whatever that animal may be they do need to research it, make sure it will suit their lifestyle and that they will be able to provide for it for the entirety of its life – however long that may be.

“If pet owners are going away on holiday we would urge them to make sure their pet is cared for by asking friends or family to care for them, call a pet sitter or take them to a licensed boarding establishment.”

For more information visit www.rspca.org.uk/ .

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