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RSPCA warn of dog welfare crisis as nearly 6,000 dogs abandoned in 10 months

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The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting everyone hard, but one UK animal charity is warning of a serious dog welfare crisis as the number of dogs sold or abandoned rocket.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 28/01/2021, 19:30, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

Since the start of the pandemic, many of us have found ourselves spending more time indoors than ever before. While many people have struggled to be at home so much, some people found an outlet by becoming a dog owner. 

Being forced to work at home has provided the perfect opportunity to get a pet. However, despite animal charities warning against people adopting or buying dogs during lockdown, thousands did. And now it seems dog will have to pay the price.

A surge in demand for puppies

While many people may have originally bought or adopted a dog with good intentions, many times the decision to get a dog has been on a whim. Many people went into dog ownership without understanding how much time, effort and money it takes to raise and care for a puppy. 

Research by Pets4Homes has revealed that between July and September 2020, there was a whopping 51% rise in the demand for dogs ages 1 or older. But while that may be understandable as dogs make such great pets, it has led to some startling statistics.

Unwanted pandemic pups

Since the first lockdown in March 2020, the RSPCA has responded to an astonishing 5,955 reports of abandoned dogs. And the charity doesn’t expect it to end there but continue well into this year too. Sadly, the rise in demand for lockdown pups has seen an increase in puppy farming, irresponsible breeding and even puppy theft.

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But even while a dog still has a home, they aren’t getting the life they deserve. We recently revealed that 62% of pups bought during the pandemic have never been outside of their home

If you are thinking about adopting a dog, the RSPCA urges you to give it careful thought and to do plenty of research first. Adopting a dog is a huge commitment and one that you don’t want to regret later. 

See also: Hundreds of puppies put up for sale as owners regret lockdown adoptions