Dog on the Move

West Norfolk RSPCA rehoming centre is full

6:00 AM June 22, 2022

Homeowners having to surrender their pets due to the price of dwelling disaster has compelled a Norfolk animal shelter to set up a ready record.

Some 29 cats and kittens, 22 canine, seven rabbits and two guinea pigs are being cared for on the West Norfolk RSPCA Rehoming Centre at Eau Brink, close to King’s Lynn.

With no extra space, it presently has a ready record of eight house owners who’re additionally trying to hand their animals over.

Department supervisor Carl Saunders stated vets’ payments had been usually the tipping level for these struggling to get by.

Carl Saunders with Violet, a four-year-old beagle on the RSPCA’s West Norfolk Rehoming Centre

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“The underlying problem is that if one thing’s bought to present, it’ll be the canine or the cat,” he stated. “We are additionally seeing extra and extra animals being dumped now.

“We had two kittens introduced in yesterday that had been discovered dumped in conjunction with the street in a cardboard field on the outskirts of Lynn.”

In a current RSPCA survey of 4,000 house owners, 78pc stated  the price of dwelling would impression their animals, whereas 30pc had been anxious about with the ability to afford to take care of their pets, with 20pc anxious about the price of feeding them.

Emma Slawinski, director of advocacy and coverage on the charity, stated: “We’re on the point of an animal welfare disaster as a result of rise in pet possession through the pandemic, coupled with the price of dwelling pressures biting – particularly these on decrease incomes. It’s completely heartbreaking.


A kitten in want of a house on the RSPCA rehoming centre

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“We’re beginning to see the knock-on results of this as we, and different charities, predicted. Tragically we’re beginning to see a rise within the abandonment of pets and rising numbers of cats and rabbits being rescued and coming into our care.

“Sadly, we at the moment are seeing a rise in pets coming into our care, many as a result of house owners are struggling to afford to pay for behavioural assist, vet care and even to feed their pets.”

Mr Saunders stated current arrivals included a pregnant pug, whose proprietor couldn’t afford the £1,400 invoice for an emergency cesarean.

“That proprietor wasn’t anticipating a invoice for £1,400,” he stated. “Lots of people haven’t got a reserve of £1,400 to fall again on.”


A canine ready patiently for a brand new proprietor to return and take him dwelling

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Altering work patterns compelled by greater payments have been the ultimate straw for others.

“We now have a five-year-old French bulldog whose house owners are having to work extra hours to earn extra money, so they do not have time for the canine,” stated Mr Saunders.

Relationship breakdowns and being compelled to maneuver to a brand new dwelling or downsize to a property the place pets should not allowed has additionally seen some house owners compelled to surrender their animals. They embody a pair with canine aged 14, 10 and eight who needed to flip to the RSPCA. 

“They’d had all of them their lives,” stated Mr Saunders. “You may’t think about the tears, it is simply terrible.”

Carl Saunders

Carl Saunders, supervisor of the RSPCA’s West Norfolk Department at Eau Brink

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Others discover their technique to the RSPCA for various causes, comparable to Violet the beagle, who didn’t get on with the cat in her earlier dwelling.

So-called lockdown puppies are additionally discovering their means into the society.

“They assume they’re attractive fluffy little factor as a pet,” stated Mr Saunders. “However they do not keep a beautiful, fluffy little factor endlessly.”

The proprietor of a stray canine introduced in by a council canine warden was traced by its implanted chip. However after they tried to contact the proprietor, they discovered their calls blocked.

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Animal care assistant Helena Redfern with a kitten at Eau Brink

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Mr Saunders stated it price round £275,000 a 12 months to run the centre, most of which is raised by its three charity outlets and occasions comparable to a current sponsored canine stroll at Holkham, which raised £2,000 for what the Countess of Leicester known as West Norfolk’s Battersea Canine Dwelling.

Rehoming throughout the nation has slowed. The RSPCA rehomed a mean of 753 animals per week in 2019, 565 in 2020 and 518 in 2021, which means that areas aren’t being freed up as rapidly and animals are staying in take care of longer.

At Eau Brink, these searching for their endlessly dwelling may be seen on-line at

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