Housing crisis

Dogs Trust warns of a looming housing crisis for dogs due to the cost of living crisis and the charity is urgently looking for foster families – 38% of dog owners in Scotland believe it is now harder to give their dog everything they need

Following a half point rise in interest rates last week, Britain’s leading dog welfare charity has warned that the exorbitant cost of basic necessities, such as food and heating, prevents many dog ​​owners from supporting their dogs.

With adoption numbers dwindling because people can’t afford to take in a new dog, it could lead to a housing crisis for the country’s dogs, says Dogs Trust, which has rehoming centers in Glasgow and West Calder.

The number of owners contacting Dogs Trust to inquire about the abandonment of their dog is skyrocketing. Photo: DGS

In recent months, the association has received a record number of calls from people asking them to take care of their dogs, in the face of the new cost of daily living. Requests to abandon a dog have increased to the highest level since their records began, with 4,370 requests received in July 2022.

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of people calling for financial reasons, citing issues such as the dramatic increase in their regular monthly bills, such as energy and mortgage payments, as the reason why they can no longer afford basics like food, which has also risen in price.

Additionally, the Dogs Trust’s monthly survey of UK dog owners, conducted by YouGov, shows that 38% of respondents in Scotland thought it would be harder for them to give their dog everything they had. need, compared to before the onset of the cost of living crisis. .

Vet bills continued to cause the most concern - 51% of dog owners in Scotland said vet bills were currently their biggest canine financial concern for the coming year.
Vet bills continued to cause the most concern – 51% of dog owners in Scotland said vet bills were currently their biggest canine financial concern for the coming year.

Vet bills continued to cause the most concern – 51% of dog owners in Scotland said vet bills were currently their biggest canine financial concern for the coming year. 17% were most concerned about the cost of dog food, while 12% cited insurance as their top concern.

The number of owners contacting Dogs Trust to inquire about giving up their dog is skyrocketing – the charity has seen the number of requests from owners needing to give up their dog reach its highest level since its center opened of contact in 2014, with 4,370 transfer requests. received in July only; a trend that is growing month by month, and which has doubled compared to the beginning of 2021.

Meanwhile, when asked in the August poll if the rising cost of living would stop them from adopting or buying a dog, just under six in ten people (58% ) in Scotland said it would. .

Owen Sharp, CEO of Dogs Trust, said: “The UK is rapidly moving towards a situation where, due to the cost of living crisis, we will have a surplus of dogs whose owners have to give them up, but a shortage of people. who can afford to get a new dog.

Dogs Trust is making an urgent appeal to emergency foster families.
Dogs Trust is making an urgent appeal to emergency foster families.

“Dogs Trust is making an urgent appeal to emergency foster families, particularly those with experience of caring for large dogs, who can provide a port in the event of a storm for a dog that at the moment is not has nowhere to go. If you can help, we invite you to contact us and help care for the country’s dogs during this crisis. »

“Equally, if you find it difficult to afford to keep your own dog, Dogs Trust will do all we can to help. I’m afraid we can’t promise miracles, but we’re always here to listen without judgement, discuss options and provide dog owners with the benefit of our expert knowledge.

How can you help?

Dogs Trust is urgently looking for foster families – experienced dog owners who can provide temporary homes for dogs in need.

If you think you can provide a temporary home for a dog in need as the UK is in financial crisis, please contact the charity at www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/fostering

The charity appeals, in particular, to people who have room in their homes and hearts for dogs that are harder to find forever, such as large dogs, untrained dogs and auburn dogs. difficult behavior.


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