Welcome back to the VCMS blog where we share the latest updates, industry news and insights. Recent reports have been arriving at the VCMS linked to the cost of living crisis and its effects on pet owners. In today’s article, we cover the worrying trend of pets being abandoned as owners struggle to cope with rising costs and detail how you can help.
Reports have started to filter through both in the media and to the VCMS that pet owners are going without meals so they can feed their animals as demand for pet food banks rises amid the cost of living crisis. The increase comes amid fears the surging cost of living could force more people to give up their pets. Animal charity Blue Cross already has four pet food banks and is looking at rolling out more across the country. For 125 years, the Blue Cross have been helping sick, injured and homeless pets. Today, there are millions of families with a pet in their life – thousands who currently need their help, and thousands who will need help in the future. The Blue Cross provide lifelong, ongoing care and support for pets and the people who love them.
In addition to the Blue Cross, the Pet Food Bank Service in Wales has reported that the number of owners turning to them for help is increasing every month. Last year it provided 51,000 pet meals and so far this year it has already reached 47,000. Hits to their website also doubled in June before doubling again in July. Debi Emmett, who runs the service based in Cardiff, said she has heard from people who are going without to provide for their pets.
Ms Emmett said: “People say things like I wouldn’t ask myself but I will for my animals”
Blue Cross currently has pet food banks at its rehoming centres in Sheffield, Manchester and Exeter, as well as its animal hospital in Grimsby. The amount of wet food given out from January to July this year at the charity’s Sheffield pet food bank is 500 percent higher than the same period in 2021, while there has been a 31% jump for dry food.
If you are struggling to find one, some of the organisations and websites below are currently accepting donations. These include:
For more information about the Blue Cross and their work, visit https://www.bluecross.org.uk/
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