Sheffield RSPCA sees huge rise in abandoned pets

Patch, one of many dogs being cared for by the Sheffield branch of the RSPCA, and in need of a new home, with animal care manager Tony Benham.
Patch, one of many dogs being cared for by the Sheffield branch of the RSPCA, and in need of a new home, with animal care manager Tony Benham.
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SHEFFIELD’S RSPCA centre has seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of abandoned animals they are taking in as owners struggle to afford to keep them.

But they say the figure is just the tip of the iceberg because the number would be much higher if the centre could accommodate more.

Nationally the RSPCA report that the number of pets being abandoned has risen by 65 per cent as owners struggle to afford to look after them.

Animal care experts in Sheffield say to meet the growing demand for places they need more funds to hire staff and pay for vital equipment.

Tony Benham, animal care manager, said animals are in such a sorry state it is taking longer, and costing more, to rehabilitate them sufficiently to be found new homes.

He said: “Many of the animals are sick or injured when they come in and this is causing a problem as they take extra care, time and money to get ready.

“Add to that the financial climate which is resulting in less people coming forward to adopt.

“The average stay here is now three months and each day they spend here is costing money.

“We are indeed struggling during these times of austerity and we do desperately need people’s help.

“We have seen a very sharp increase in the amount of animals on our waiting lists to come into our centre over the last three years and a marked decrease in animal adoptions.”

The Sheffield Animal Centre carries the RSPCA title but is a separate, standalone charity and costs around £2000 a day to run.

Tony added: “It’s our 140th anniversary next year and we intend with the help of Sheffield people to be here at least another 100 years.”

n To donate money or goods contact us the centre on 0114 289 8050 or call in at 2 Stadium Way at Attercliffe, S9 3HN.