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RSPCA Urges Yorkshire Coast To Not Abandon Pets

RSPCA Urges Yorkshire Coast To Not Abandon Pets

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 10th July 2020.

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals and fears the fallout from the Covid crisis could see more owners struggling to keep their pets in North and East Yorkshire. 

Between June and August 2019, the charity received 257 reports about dumped animals in North Yorkshire and 256 in East Yorkshire.

The RSPCA says it is braced for an even bigger impact this summer following the easing of lockdown and the financial impact on the coronavirus pandemic, and has launched an emergency appeal to continue its vital rescue work.

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

“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.

Fortunately during this time we’ve dealt with fewer abandoned pets however we are worried that as lockdown eases, people return to work, go on holidays or struggle financially we will be facing a massive surge of animal abandonments."

Dermot added:

“Sadly summer tends to bring with it a surge in abandoned animals. We don’t know why but  it may be a combination of the warmer weather making people feel less guilty about dumping a pet to fend for themselves and people doing away on holiday  abandoning pets instead of arranging care for them.”

RSPCA rescue teams have been working throughout lockdown after being classified as essential key workers. 

Dermot continued:

“This is the toughest year yet for the RSPCA despite the huge challenges, our amazing teams have been continuing to rescue animals throughout this crisis. 

I’d urge anyone struggling with their pet to ask for help. Animals have been there to help us through the crisis, please don’t abandon them now.”

What people can do if they’re struggling to care for their pets:

  • Ask friends and family for help
  • Contact your vet about payment plans, discounts or vouchers for neutering or any other treatment needed
  • Get in touch with local rehoming charities for advice
  • Visit the RSPCA website for welfare advice

To help the RSPCA continue to rescue animals that have been abandoned this summer, please visit www.rspca.org.uk/abandonments.

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