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RSPCA branch concerned over animals abandoned in Bucks

The Chilterns branch has said they are already seeing an increase in abandonments.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:54am 29th July 2020. (Updated at 7:13am 29th July 2020) 3-minute read.

RSPCA branch concerned over animals abandoned in Bucks

Buckinghamshire pet owners are being urged to contact the RSPCA if they are struggling. 

The Chilterns branch of the RSPCA are concerned over a growing number of abandonment of animals in recent weeks. 

Lockdown saw a lot of people buy/adopt pets as they spent more time at home. 

However, there has also been a huge impact on peoples finances which can make owning a pet difficult. 

Anne from the RPSCA Chilterns branch says they understand this:

"We are seeing a huge increase in the abandonment of animals and we are bracing ourselves for a surge. 

"The fallout from COVID-19 could see more owners struggling with their pets. 

"Lockdown has been hugely stressful for everyone, and some pets have been brought as a comfort at the beginning. 

"However peoples days, their finance and their time has changed dramatically over the last 4 months and we wouldn't judge them if the contacted us."

They say they have also seen a huge increase in the number of people visiting their site to look at animals to foster. 

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However, with the rise in abandonments they are still in desperate need of people to look after these animals. 

"The last few months has seen a increase of 430%, to the same time last year, looking to foster animals. So there is the help out there, it's just we need to guide them to the right places."

There is a foster process to make sure the person and the home are suitable for the animals rehabilitation. 

While at this foster home the animals costs, including veterinary, food and equipment costs will be paid for. Then once ready the animal will be able to move to their forever home.

Anne is urging anyone struggling with an animal to contact them for the health and welfare of that animal.

If you are worried about providing for your pet, or could foster an animal, contact anne@rspcachiltern.org.uk for more information.

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