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SENIOR CATS: the pandemic has made life harder for most UK pet adoption centres


Cats are considered to be elderly once they reach 11 years. Senior cats are defined as those aged between 11 and 14 years while super-senior cats 15 years and upwards although they can live much longer.

Paula says that the pandemic has made life harder for most UK pet adoption centres. While this centre has seen no drop off in the number of cats given up for adoption, they've only been able to rehome around half the number of felines compared with a normal year.

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It comes alongside new stats which show a drop in donations and people adopting dogs is pushing some centres to crisis point

Pandemic impacted number of people who could volunteer to help dog rescue centres

One in four (27 per cent) rescue centres are struggling to find room for abandoned dogs coming in

Three in four (77 per cent) of dog rescue centres say that dogs are becoming harder to rehome, with experts citing separation anxiety and behavioural issues linked to lockdowns as the cause

77 per cent of rescue centres say they've seen an increase in dogs acquired during lockdown being abandonedA study of more than 500 UK dog rehoming centres has revealed a number of alarming trends as the true impact of the pandemic on dog ownership becomes clear. Reduced funding, dwindling donations and fewer volunteers, combined with a sharp increase in dogs being abandoned and more dogs suffering from lockdown-related behavioural problems, means that one in every four rescue facilities now face having to turn dogs away, due to a lack of space.

The research, conducted on behalf of Direct Line Pet Insurance, shows that over a quarter (27 per cent) of rescue centres are running out of space, with rescues in Wales and the South West the worst affected.

Over a third (36 per cent) of rescues say the COVID-19 pandemic has had a "worse than expected" impact on them. And over half (55 per cent) say they are now in a worse position than they were during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

More than three quarters (77 per cent) of UK rescue centres say they've seen an increase in 'pandemic pups' being handed in for rehoming and the same proportion of rescues say dogs are becoming harder to rehome due to lockdown related behavioural issues. As well as this, over three quarters (77 per cent) say they're bracing themselves for things to get worse this year (2022) as more people are expected to give up their pets.


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