England’s most famous dog and cats home launched it’s biggest ever appeal yesterday to raise £1.9m for abandoned animals. Work has finally begun on its new building, which will allow it to continue caring for around 6000 dogs and cats each year. The building will replace the old Victorian kennels with a state of the art facility to offer the dogs the best chance for a new start.
Unfortunately, the charity’s service are in higher demand than ever before with 1000 calls a month from owners needing to giving up a pet. There has been a significant rise in the number of animals being abandoned as the recession bit into people’s pockets and the cost of living rose, while pay packets didn’t. 111,986 animals were picked up in the past year – ranging from more traditional animals like dogs and cats to an 8ft python discovered in a repossessed house. While this is a fall from the height of the recession – 126,000 animals were handled in 2011 – animal sanctuaries are overwhelmed by the volume of pets needing their help. It doesn’t look like the situation will get any easier in the near future.
Centers are currently in the busiest period of their year as people begin to tire of the pet they bought for Christmas. As a result, charities are urging people to seriously consider the true cost and responsibility of being an owner in a bid to ensure fewer pets enter their doors. Until then, something needs to be done to ensure no animal is turned away. Battersea’s new building will allow space for these pets to be saved and hopefully rehomed.
Donating is simple and easy. Text 70800 to donate £5 or click donate on Battersea Cats and Dogs Home website (http://www.battersea.org.uk) to see all the options available. It is a tough decision to admit that you can no longer give a pet the life it deserves – you can help to make sure every rescue gets a second chance at love.