Claire Horton, the former CEO of Battersea Dogs and Cats home has spoken to Radio 4 about the effects lockdown has had on the organisation and it seems that more people have registered an interest in adopting a pet than ever before.
With all those who can advised to work from home and many still being on furlough, people have more time and energy to devote to new furry friends.
And, that’s not the only impact of lockdown life, fewer animals are being given up for adoption as owners have more time and are seemingly appreciating their pets more – which can only be a good thing!
A rise in irresponsible owners
But, with the influx of wannabe dog adopters, there are inevitably those who simply aren’t ready for pet ownership.
Some 10% of pets are brought back to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home after the trial period as potential owners see the reality of taking care of a pet.
She also revealed that one wannabe owner returned an adopted dog because the pup:
Rescue animals need love and care
Claire stressed that they never judge an adopter but banned that particular adopter to ensure that dogs went to loving homes.
We’re delighted to see that more and more rescues are being rehomed but urge any potential owners to be sure they’re ready before bringing a pet home.
See also: Shelter workers shocked by owners' reason for abandoning their 14-year-old dog