As we have all heard, during the recession many pet owners have found that they can no longer afford to feed and care for their dogs. All small animals are essentially affected but dogs are more at risk at the moment. Dogs do have larger veterinary bills; they eat more and require a lot of exercise and attention. Although dog insurance is relatively cheap (starting around £10 a month) many families just don’t have that extra cash to stump up every month.
As a result of dog owners not being able to care for their pets, dogs are reproducing as many families can’t afford to have them neutered; because of this they are then being abandoned or given in to the rescue centres. The RSPCA are reportedly receiving a phone call every hour about an abandoned dog. As the RSPCA are an independent organisation that relies heavily on donations and monthly sponsors, they are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the demands.
How can we help the RSPCA with abandoned dogs?
- If you can spare some time then volunteer; it also looks good on your CV and professional portfolio. Even if you can only spare a few hours a week it makes all the difference.
- Donate some money – if you have some spare money left over at the end of the month donate it to the RSPCA; if you can commit yourself then why not set up a standing order and make it a monthly donation.
- If you or a family member decides they want a pet, don’t buy one go to a rescue centre and adopt; not only will they have had all vaccinations up to date but they will be neutered too.
- Encourage family members to get pets only if they can afford to look after them and commit long term; never encourage someone to give a pet as a present.
Having pets whether it’s a small cat or large dog does have financial implications such as food, hygiene and medical bills but they don’t have to bear such a heavy burden. By planning and shopping around for food you can buy in bulk and save a lot of money. Take out health insurance for your pet too, this will avoid any nasty shocks if your pet falls ill or gets into an accident. You can also save money by buying flea and tick medicines from an online veterinary dispenser. By taking these steps you can prevent the abandonment of all animals but most importantly dogs.