UK Pet owners turn to food banks as they struggle through cost of living crisis last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- "Sadly, it seems as though the cost of living increase means that more people are struggling to afford to feed their pets and are relying on the food banks more and more."
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An appeal for pet food donations has been issued as pet owners struggle to feed their animals in the cost of living crisis. The RSPCA’s Food Bank Project in Greater Manchester has issued the appeal as the scheme comes under increasing demand due to current pressures. The animal welfare charity set-up the scheme in December 2021 in Lancashire as a result of financial pressures during the pandemic. However, the Coronavirus crisis coupled with the current cost of living increase has seen the need for the food bank increase now more than ever. More than 20 RSPCA centres and branches have now teamed up with their local food bank across the north of England. The scheme aims to reach 110 food banks by the end of next year to provide help to the public and reduce animal abandonment. In the first quarter of 2022, the RSPCA distributed double the pet food from the previous year to help meet demand. READ MORE: TV stars become real life superheroes and descend dizzying heights to help poorly kids Inspector for Manchester and food bank project officer, Deborah Beats, said: “We are in desperate need for pet food donations at the minute as the current demand for the food bank scheme is very high. "Sadly, it seems as though the cost of living increase means that more people are struggling to afford to feed their pets and are relying on the food banks more and more. “The scheme was set up because we understood that many people were falling on hard times during the pandemic and we wanted to make sure that those who were struggling could still stay with their pets whilst they got back on their feet.” Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) and Manchester food bank project officer, Helen Chapman, added: “We are now bracing for an influx of abandoned pets or owners who have to give them up because they can no longer afford to keep them but we hope that through the food bank we will be able to provide some support to people and their much-loved pets.
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. The report, based on a YouGov survey of more than 4,000 UK adults*, revealed that the rising cost of living and the cost of pet ownership could threaten our love for our pets, with 72% of pet owners saying they think the cost of living will impact their animals, almost 70% expressing concern that the cost of care was increasing, and a fifth worried about how they’ll afford to feed their pets. The study showed cat owners seem to be most impacted and concerned about cost of living pressures. In Yorkshire & the Humber, 67% of people said that the cost of looking after their pet had become more expensive over the last 12 months while 21% said they were worried about being able to afford to properly care for their pet and 14% said they were worried about the cost of feeding their pets. The RSPCA is seeing an increase in rescued animals coming into its care with many centres already full and others close to capacity, at the same time as rehoming is slowing down and signs that more people are looking to give up their pets. Research by the charity shows in April 2021 there were around 4,400 searches per month around ‘giving up pets’* and in April 2022 this figure rose by 50% to a high of 6,600. So far this year, between January and May, the food bank scheme has delivered over 100 pet food bundles to its partner food banks across the north of England - but more food is now desperately needed. If you would like to support the scheme please take pet food donations to the following drop-off points: RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District Branch, The Strinesdale Centre, Holgate Street, Oldham, OL4 2JW - Donations welcomed every Friday between 10am and 3pm Or alternatively, donate via their Amazon wishlist Please specify pet food for the food bank when donating or place in the designated storage containers where available. There is a particular need for wet cat and dog food, as well as small bags of cat and dog dried food of 5kg or below. To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181. READ NEXT: B&M follows Aldi and Home Bargains and shares 'game-changing' message to anybody who shops there ASDA delivery driver finds 90-year-old sat in the dark and goes viral for what he did Aldi shoppers go wild for £5 homeware SpecialBuy that's 'the same as' £150 designer version Instant fine warning issued to Brits with Vodafone, Virgin Media, TalkTalk or Sky Broadband Holland and Barrett's hidden-away room where you'll find unlimited free snacks and drinks, massages and blow dries