From the moment the lockdown in the UK came into force, charities such as Dogs Trust urged people not to adopt a dog or cat solely with an intention to seek company. Battersea shelter even halted applications for new adoptions in an effort to stem the flood of spur-of-the-moment adoptions.
Since then the warnings have generally been heeded, but not by all. According to the Kennel Club, 15% of new owners now admit that they are ‘not ready’ for dog ownership.
Economic downturn a factor
Perhaps deserving of more sympathy are the thousands of pet owners who through no fault of their own may be unable to look after their beloved animals due to the financial downturn and lack of work.
The RSPCA is bracing itself for its busiest time of the year. According to the charity, 30% of all abandonments happen in June, July and August. It expects the rise in abandoned animals – for whatever reason – to be far worse than seen of previous years.
Dog ownership not a trifling undertaking
Dog ownership is a huge undertaking. There is a reason the slogan “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas” is so powerfully emotive and long-lived. To adopt a dog, a family must be certain of their ability to look after the dog until the end of its life, and certain that everyone in the household is willing and ready to take on a role of care.
Animals are not cuddly toys. They are living beings, and as such they deserve respect and love.
Little dog loses both owners to Covid-19, and is now looking for a new home