Barlow’s Brief MACCLESFIELD Show some love to an abandoned pet, if you can afford it
‘SHOWsome love and adopt a pet for Christmas’.
According to the RSPCA, all local animal sanctuaries are ‘facing the worst ever crisis’ as record numbers of abandoned pets arrive on their doorstep.
Rescue centres across the county are swamped with unwanted animals as people struggle to meet the rising cost of ownership.
The RSPCA blames the economic downturn for the problem.
When wages are frozen for such a long period, something has to give.
We already know that demand on food banks has doubled in the past two years.
If families can’t feed themselves how can they feed their pets?
Speaking as someone with enough animals to start a zoo, I know how expensive owning pets can be, but food is not the major cost.
The pet food market is extremely competitive, with brands constantly slashing prices to gain market share.
In my experience it is vets bills that scare owners most and while prices may vary there simply isn’t enough competition to make a fundamental difference to the overall cost.
The expense of an operation for a dog or cat is simply too much for most families to bear, whichever vet they use.
I’ve spent hundreds on my dog Murphy’s various health problems this year, but what do people do who just don’t have the money?
A payment plan won’t help if you have nothing to pay with.
When money is tight sacrifices have to be made and if child welfare clashes with pet welfare there is only one choice.
How about those of us who can afford it adopting an additional pet?
We recently acquired a black and white cat named Carson.
He’s a real delight and loves hanging out with the dogs.
Carson makes us laugh every day. I’ve sent enough money to Africa over the years to raise an entire herd of buffalo . Diverting a small amount to care for a homeless cat won’t hurt and I’ll know where every penny went.
If you can afford it why not show a little love for those abandoned pets and give one a safe, warm home for Christmas?
●● Helena Brailsford, RSPCA trustee