Improve in Pet Cats Given Up for Rehoming Resulting from Monetary Points: Cats Safety Experiences a 50% Rise in 2023

The variety of pet cats given up for rehoming as a consequence of monetary points from January to Could 2023 elevated by practically 50% in comparison with the identical interval final yr, in response to the charity Cats Safety.

And as the price of dwelling disaster continues to take maintain, the charity says it’s seeing an increase in individuals from each low-income and well-off households giving up their cats as a consequence of greater prices.

Cats Safety Head of Area Operations Peter Shergold stated: “We at the moment are usually listening to from struggling homeowners who’ve needed to make the heartbreaking resolution to surrender their cat as a result of they will now not afford the prices of their care. For many individuals, cats are a part of the household, so it’s naturally very troublesome to be dealing with such an upsetting state of affairs.

“Households stay the biggest group citing monetary causes for giving up their cats, however we’re additionally seeing a rise in older individuals and pensioners discovering themselves on this place. Our analysis has been displaying us that it’s each low-income households and people who would have beforehand been described as well-off who’re struggling financially to maintain their cats.

“We’ve been working exhausting to assist homeowners throughout the price of dwelling disaster and have arrange an internet hub the place homeowners can discover a number of info and assist. We’re doing every little thing we will to assist extra homeowners hold their cats, and we’re grateful for the numerous animal lovers who’ve been supporting this work by making a donation.”

In addition to together with hints and recommendations on maintaining cat care prices down, Cats Safety’s on-line hub additionally contains particulars of the charity’s Neighborhood Kitty scheme. The scheme works with meals banks and group companions to supply cat meals to homeowners fighting prices. Cats Safety can also be a part of the Nationwide Pet Meals Partnership, a coalition of charities working with Fareshare and Petplan to redistribute pet meals to these most in want.

There are additionally particulars of different businesses and organisations which may provide to assist to cat homeowners, in addition to particulars of Cats Safety’s free and low-cost neutering schemes.

Peter added: “In addition to providing assist and recommendation, the hub additionally contains particulars of how the general public might help by donating cat meals to our Neighborhood Kitty scheme, in the event that they’re ready to take action.”

Cats Safety is the UK’s main feline welfare charity and has helped a mean of 157,000 cats and kittens a yr during the last 5 years by way of its nationwide community which incorporates round 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.

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