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RSPCA warn of summer surge in abandoned animals across Yorkshire

RSPCA warn of summer surge in abandoned animals across Yorkshire

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 1:18pm 10th July 2020.

The charity is concerned that the coronavirus pandemic will make a bad situation even worse.

  • Last summer, the RSPCA were called out to 734 abandoned animals in West Yorkshire, and 257 in North Yorkshire.
  • There's typically a surge in call outs to dumped pets during the summer months.
  • The charity are worried that Covid-19 will lead to an even bigger increase this year.

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals across Yorkshire, and fears the fallout from the Covid crisis could see more owners struggling to keep their pets. 

Typically, the charity sees abandonment peak in the summer months. Between June and August 2019, 16,519 animals were reported abandoned to the RSPCA which accounts for 30% of all animals reported abandoned that year.

During the summer months the charity received 734 reports about dumped animals in West Yorkshire, and 257 reports in North Yorkshire.


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Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said:

“During lockdown we’ve seen pets become a source of comfort and support for people and it appears many people have taken on new animals. Fortunately during this time we’ve dealt with fewer abandoned pets however we are worried that as lockdown eases, people return to work, go on holidays or struggle financially we will be facing a massive surge of animal abandonments.

“Sadly summer tends to bring with it a surge in abandoned animals. We don’t know why but  it may be a combination of the warmer weather making people feel less guilty about dumping a pet to fend for themselves and people doing away on holiday  abandoning pets instead of arranging care for them.”

“I’d urge anyone struggling with their pet to ask for help. Animals have been there to help us through the crisis, please don’t abandon them now.”

The RSPCA has this advice for anyone struggling to care for their pets...

  • Ask friends and family for help
  • Contact your vet about payment plans, discounts or vouchers for neutering or any other treatment needed
  • Get in touch with local rehoming charities for advice
  • Visit the RSPCA website for welfare advice