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More than 100 animals were abandoned every single day in 2021, according to RSPCA


Sep 2, 2022

The RSPCA has revealed it received more than 100 reports of animals being abandoned every single day throughout 2021.

And these figures are on the rise this year.

A total of 38,087 abandonment reports were made to the charity's cruelty line last year – an average of over 3,000 reports a month, 104 a day, or four abandoned animals every hour.

The number of animals being dumped is also rising with a 17 per cent increase from 2020 to 2021 and a 24 per cent increase in 2022.

The charity fears that a huge rise in pet ownership during the pandemic coupled with the cost of living crisis is putting a strain on people's finances and leading to even more animals being given up this year.

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The animal welfare charity has released the stark figures as part of its Cancel Out Cruelty summer campaign which aims to raise funds to keep its rescue teams on the frontline as well as raise awareness about how we can all work together to stop cruelty for good.

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer at the RSPCA, said: "The idea of putting your cat in a cat carrier and taking them to a secluded spot in the woods before walking away, or chucking your dog out of the car and driving off leaving them desperately running behind the vehicle, is absolutely unthinkable and heartbreaking to most pet owners – but sadly we are seeing animals callously abandoned like this every single day.

"We understand that sometimes the unexpected can happen – the pandemic and cost of living crisis proved that – but there is never an excuse to abandon an animal.

"There are always other options for anyone who has fallen on hard times and can no longer afford to keep their pet."

From January to July 2021 there were 18,375 abandonment reports compared to 22,908 in the first seven months of this year – a rise of 24 per cent.

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A recent report released by the RSPCA, in partnership with the Scottish SPCA, also showed that the cost of living crisis is the most urgent threat to pet welfare in the UK.

This worrying survey comes at a time when the charity is at its busiest period.

The RSPCA receives around 90,000 calls to its cruelty line every month but in July and August calls rise to 134,000 a month and reports of cruelty soar to 7,600 each month – or 245 every day.

Dogs were the most abandoned pet with 14,462 reports of dumped dogs made to the RSPCA last year.

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