It’s been a decidedly rainy August so far, and many of us are making use of the last month of the summer holidays to go abroad and soak up some sunshine. While the majority of owners will have made provisions for their pets well in advance, new figures released by Battersea suggest that this isn’t always the case.
The dogs and cats home have announced that they have seen a 300% increase in abandonment figures since May. Almost 400 pets are being abandoned or relinquished every week. They link the surge to owners abandoning their pets to go on holiday.
Woody Woodford-Price, Battersea’s Intake Coordinator, said: “It’s holiday season and people don’t always take pets into account when they’re booking to go away. So it’s rescue centres, like Battersea, who end up taking their pets in and finding new homes for them
“We’ve had people confuse us with boarding kennels, asking if we can take their pet for a fortnight while they go away and others that blatantly bring in a ‘stray’ dog and send someone else to claim it back a week later.
“Dogs brought in under such false pretences are potentially taking the space that another genuinely needy dog might otherwise have occupied.”
Battersea have reported that many of these animals are left in shelters when families can’t afford kennel or cattery costs on top of the money they’ve spent on travel. This is why it’s incredibly important to include pet care in your budget when you plan your holiday. Before you even look at destinations for yourself, you need to find out how much it’s going to cost to have your pets taken care of for the duration of your time away. It’s also crucial to make sure that your chosen kennel or cattery has space for your pets as you don’t want to leave it to the last minute and find yourself left with limited options.
Pet ownership does mean that there is more to consider when it comes to making plans, whether it’s for a weekend or a month. However, the rewards far outweigh the extra precautions that you will need to make.