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number of dogs coming to them as a direct result of owner negligence has risen

New figures revealed today highlight that in the last year, over two thirds (67 percent) of animal rescue centres in the UK have seen an increase in the number of abandoned* dogs.

The research, conducted by dog adoption site and The Co-operative Insurance, highlights the common causes of dog abandonment and the pressures now faced by animal rescue homes.

Highlighting the extent of the problem, almost a fifth (17 percent) of the rescue centres reporting an increase in the number of abandoned dogs over the past year say that the number of animals taken in by them for this reason has doubled.

Also concerning is that almost three quarters (72 percent) of animal rescues which have seen an increase in abandonment say that the number of dogs coming to them as a direct result of owner negligence has risen since 2013. A third (33 percent) state that they had taken the same number of dogs in as they did last year and none of the centres reported seeing an improvement.

Speaking of the findings, Andrew Nevitt, Pet Insurance Product Manager at The Co-operative Insurance said:

“We see time and time again from our customers that dogs truly are man’s best friend and for any animal lover, figures like these are hard to understand. However the sad fact remains that many people fail to fully appreciate the financial and emotional commitment required before they take on the responsibility of a pet.”

“With research revealing that dog ownership costs on average £992.5 year***, we’d encourage all prospective pet owners to act responsibly and ensure that this is a commitment they can afford. Once the basics such as food, treats and training are covered, Pet Insurance can help to keep unexpected costs such as vets bills in check.”

According to further findings from the research, over half (56 percent) of UK rescue centres believe that the main reasons for dog abandonment is due to a lack of education about dog ownership. Other prevalent reasons include a reluctance of owners to work through their dogs problems (50 percent) such as training issues once their dog comes home and dogs being abandoned due to owners being unable to manage the costs of keeping them (11 percent).

Other common reasons for dogs being taken in by rescue centres include:

Lack of nourishment – is to blame for almost one third (29 percent) of dogs being taken in.

Failure to treat pets’ health problems is another cause for concern for almost one third (29 percent) of rescue centres.

Abuse - over one tenth of rescue centres (12 percent) stated that dogs end up in their care following reports of abuse.

Ryan O'Meara, co-founder of the adoption site said: “The statistics we uncovered in our latest research show worrying trends. The continual rise of dogs being abandoned is, sadly, something we and the hundreds of rescues across the country have gotten used to. But the rising trends of dogs coming into rescue after being mistreated is something we shouldn't get used to.”
“We hope we can not only debunk the myths about dogs in rescues being damaged goods, but help to educate new and would be dog owners on the responsibilities of bringing a dog into the family.”

The Co-operative Insurance is sponsoring Dog Adoption website for the second year running. Since the partnership launched in 2013, the sponsorship has supported the re-homing of over 6,700 dogs saving the animal welfare industry 9.25million GBP**.


Notes to Editors

The research, conducted amongst 401 rescue centres by dog adoption site and The Co-operative Insurance.
Case studies available of dogs in rescues found abandoned and straying.

* The term abandonment refers to animals that are left alone or abandoned in circumstances which might cause them harm
** Based on the average costs involved in caring for dogs in rescue centres at 1,380 GBP per dog.
*** Research amongst 2000 pet owners conducted by One Poll on behalf of the Co-operative Insurance and in August 2014 

For further information, case studies + high res images please contact:

Kim O'Meara Co-Founder
Tel: 07903 410 421

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