Pet Abandonment When Owners Go On Holiday.
Many people include their pets in family holidays. Those unable to, will have the foresight and responsibility to book their dog into somewhere such as Holidays4Dogs – where their pet can stay in the comfort of an experienced, dog loving host family. Sadly, however, pet abandonment during holiday periods in the UK, has been on the rise in recent years. Read on to find out more.
It is common to believe that the majority of pet abandonment cases happen just after the Christmas period. However, this isn’t always the case. The RSPCA claim that the summer months are actually their busiest period when it comes to pet abandonment.
In 2016, the RSPCA revealed that owners were dumping dogs before their summer holidays at the rate of one per hour. These are alarming figures.
In July last year, the situation had not changed. The RSPCA reported, once again, a huge spike in the numbers of people abandoning their pets during the school summer holidays. Battersea dogs home reported similar cases of people handing animals in over the summer period.
Some of these cases were attempts by people to use the centre for free dog care. Thus, one person would hand the dog in and, a week later, someone else would return to re-claim it. Many people even call up and ask if Battersea boards dogs for free.
Budgeting for holiday care is part of dog owning.
Pet owners have a legal duty of care to make sure the welfare of their animals is catered for. This includes making sure someone suitable is available to take care of their pet in their absence. Budgeting for holiday care, or for other eventualities, should always be high priority when taking on a new pet.
Holidays4Dogs has a nationwide team of dedicated carers who will look after your dog for a few days, or a few weeks. The daily rate is a very reasonable for complete peace of mind; knowing your dog will be well cared for and loved while you are away.
The reasons why people abandon their pets is perplexing, even to animal welfare workers themselves. It could be that people who bought pets at Christmas find that, by the summer, the novelty has worn off.
Dogs are not always given over to rescue charities. Some animals are dumped in the countryside and streets. In other cases, owners simply abandon their dogs home alone; leaving a large pile of food and a bowl of water.
Leaving pets to fend for themselves in the streets, or at home, poses serious welfare risks and puts rescue charities under further strain.
The RSPCA urges the public to be vigilant when it comes to abandoned pets in their neighbourhoods.
Anyone with concerns about pets should call the RSPCA 0300 1234 999.