What happens to abandoned pets?
The British people as a whole pride themselves on their love of animals and pets. But that’s not enough for the many abandoned, lost and mistreated pets that are put down each year.
Thousands upon thousands of lost or unwanted dogs, mistreated cats and other pets are taken in by pet rescue centres and council pounds every year, where they stay, waiting for someone to adopt them.
Although many are rehomed, given new homes and families, many thousands are put down.
There are no reliable figures showing the total number of pets put down through lack of a home, but the total amounts to tens of thousands, every year.
Council pounds, cat and dog rescue centres and other voluntary groups do their best, but once your local rescue centre is full up it has to turn away new arrivals. If someone doesn’t come forward to adopt these unfortunate cats or dogs within a certain time, they run the risk of being put down.
Although a large number of pet rescue groups have “No Kill” policies and vow to rehome or keep all pets, that’s not the case for all. Even big name animal charities are forced to have unwanted pets put down.
Animal rescue and welfare charities do all they can to keep the number of pets destroyed as low as they can, but although reliable figures are almost impossible to find, one well-known animal-welfare charity destroyed well over 20,000 pets in 2019. Those numbers show the sheer scale of the problem that exists.
Pet welfare groups need money and are always looking for donations, but if enough people don’t come forward and adopt their homeless guests, all the money in the world can’t help.