Oak Tree Animals’ Charity warns of animal welfare crisis


An animal charity is seeing a significant increase in pet abandonments this year, with a huge increase in the number of pets being abandoned for financial reasons and dog behavior issues.

Oak Tree in Wetheral has seen the number of dogs abandoned for behavioral reasons double in 2022.

Between January and July 2022, 15.5% of abandoned dogs at Oak Tree arrived for behavioral reasons.

This figure has more than doubled to 32% during the same period in 2022.

During the same period, abandonments due to financial hardship have increased by 500% when people can no longer afford to keep their pets due to the rising cost of living.

Oak Tree fears this is the start of an animal welfare crisis caused by rising pet ownership rates colliding with cost of living pressures.

Caroline Johnson, Managing Director of Oak Tree, explained: “The combination of the rising cost of living with the increase in the number of animals obtained during the lockdown seems to be causing a huge demand for our help and a reduction in the number of people looking to get a new pet right now.

“Charities are also seeing rising costs with bills for fuel, veterinary care and other supplies rising sharply, leading to significant financial challenges.”

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