Lancashire dogs looking for their forever homes as RSPCA fears crisis – Lancs Live

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Pet owners in the county are being encouraged to giving a rescued animal a new home following concerning rehoming figures.

The RSPCA are launching its annual campaign this month in aid of helping animals in need. Figures for rehoming have dropped 8% the charity has announced, while animal intake is up 8. 4% year-on-year.

This month, the RSPCA launch their ‘Adoptober’ campaign promoting adoption and highlighting the many animals the charity has waiting to find their perfect match. The animal welfare charitable organisation – which operates 14 national rehoming centres across England and Wales released the new numbers.

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As a result of the cost of living crisis, the charity fears more animals will come into its care while less people are considering taking on a new pet. Releasing new figures today (4 October, World Animal Day), the RSPCA has highlighted a potential animal rescue crisis as more animals come into treatment, stay in rescue centres for longer, with less people coming forward to adopt.

In 2021, the RSPCA’s network of centres and branches rehomed 26, 945 creatures. This is an 8% drop compared to the previous year when 29, 358 animals were rehomed.

The number of dogs rehomed by the charity also fell 6% from 4, 877 in 2020 to 4, 567 in 2021; while cats dropped 12% from 17, 868 in 2020 to 15, 579 in 2021.

In Lancashire, the total number of animals rehomed in 2021 dropped by 3%. This is from 589 animals in 2020 down to 573.

The number of cats dropped by 13% through 309 to 269; the number of rabbits fell 9% from 44 to 40; and the number of other pets who found new homes decreased by 5% from 78 to 74. The only pet to buck the trend was dogs with a rehoming increase of 23%; 190 finding homes in 2021 compared to 154 in 2020.

Across England and Wales, the average stay for an animal (the number of days they spend in RSPCA care through being ready to rehome to leaving for their new home) also increased for dogs by 9. 4% – from 85 days within 2020 to 93 days in 2021 – and for rabbits – from 104 in 2020 to 117 in 2021, an increase associated with 12. 5%. Cats length of stay remained the same at 67 days.



Louis is looking for his forever home (RSPCA)

Louis is looking for his forever home (RSPCA)

Pet welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “It’s really concerning to see that animals are staying in our care for longer and that less are being rehomed year-on-year. Unfortunately, we believe we’re really starting to see the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost of living problems.

“Many of the animals — particularly dogs – who are coming into our care possess behavioural challenges which could be linked to how they were bred as well as lockdown limiting the amount of training, socialising and outside world experience they had.

“We’re also beginning to see more animals coming into our care because their owners simply couldn’t afford to care for them any more; or, in the most extreme cases, having been neglected or abandoned due to the rising cost of pet treatment.

“Sadly, this is coming at the same time that potential pet owners are usually deciding now is not the best time to take on an animal due to the soaring cost of living, and feeling they cannot financially commit to adding a pet to their family at such a worrying time.

“For those who are able to bring a pet into their home, we are urging them to really consider adopting rather than buying. Many of our animals will already be neutered, vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms – making it much more cost-effective – and we will work them to make sure they find their perfect match. ”

The RSPCA’s Animal Kindness Index – released earlier this year – highlighted the particular impact the cost of living crisis is having on pet owners. The survey found that 68% of pet owners were concerned about the increasing cost of pet care while 19% were worried about being able to afford in order to feed their pets.

Figures released by the charity in August revealed that its cruelty line was receiving more than 100 reports a day of animals being abandoned throughout 2021; and the concern is that the cost of living crisis could lead to this riding even higher.

Long-stays looking for love

The team in RSPCA Lancashire East branch is looking for a home for:

  • Three-year-old Saluki-cross Louis is looking for patient owners who can help him take on the big wide world. He’s very frightened of cars and the team has done a lot of work to help your pet get in and out of the car, but this training will need to continue in his new house. He’s such a sweet, affectionate dog although he can be cautious when meeting new people plus dogs. Once he gets to know you his real personality shines through and he loves to show off his speed running zoomies around the garden! He needs to learn that it’s not scary being left home alone so would initially like owners that are around for most of the day. And he has a strong chase instinct so wears a muzzle when he’s out and about.

At RSPCA Blackpool & North Lancs branch – which usually runs Longview Kennels : a number of long-stay animals are hoping to find their forever homes this Adoptober, including:

  • Akita Roxy , seven, is a friendly girl who loves people. She required surgery for her cruciate ligament and has been recovering from the operation but is ready for a fresh start. She’ll need to continue hydrotherapy in her new home so ideally she’ll remain local to the centre. She likes other dogs but doesn’t always know how to interact politely so she’d need to be the only pet in her new home.

  • One-year-old lurcher-cross Tommy loves to chase his ball but can be nervous so is looking for a home with owners who can help him. He’s beginning to struggle in kennels so the team is desperate to find him a home. He’s very energetic so is looking for an active home with owners who will continue his training (although he loves food so this makes training sessions easy! ) He sometimes forgets his manners so is looking for an adult-only home but could live with another dog.

  • Biscuit , one, is an inquisitive bunny that likes to see what you’re doing but doesn’t like being picked up. He loves his daily veggies and needs daily grooming to stop him from getting matted. He’s looking for a female bun to live with and a large enclosure to enjoy.

  • Bonded bunny pair Diva & Beau are looking for a home together. The four-year-old rabbits have sadly been waiting for their forever homes for 18 months and are hoping to find rabbit-savvy owners to take them on. Diva is independent plus sassy while Beau is a calm, relaxed bunny.

Anyone thinking about rehoming an animal can use the Find A Pet page to see all of the animals currently in our care who are looking for their paw-fect match.

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