THE RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals and fears the fallout from the pandemic could see more owners struggling to keep their pets.
Typically, the charity sees abandonment peak in the summer months and between June and August last year, 16,519 animals were reported abandoned to the RSPCA which accounts for 30% of all animals reported abandoned that year.
In Lancashire, the figure during these months was 643.
The RSPCA is braced for an even bigger impact this summer following the easing of lockdown and the financial impact on the coronavirus pandemic, and has launched an emergency appeal to continue its vital rescue work.
Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “We are worried that as lockdown eases, people return to work, go on holidays or struggle financially we will be facing a massive surge of animal abandonments.
“I’d urge anyone struggling with their pet to ask for help. Animals have been there to help us through the crisis, please don’t abandon them now.”