In the last year, the RSPCA were called out to rescue more than 37,000 abandoned animals and received a call asking for help every 30 seconds.
Every year the charity sees a sharp rise in abandonments at the height of summer. Evidence from the RSPCA and other animal charities suggests some people chose to get rid of their pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are on holiday.
In other cases, money may be spent on holidays and other summer ‘treats’ rather than seeking vet attention for ill or newborn animals, so they are simply discarded.
“The shocking fact is that even in a nation of animal lovers, there are thousands of people out there who don’t care about their pets at all. In fact, some literally treat them like rubbish,” said RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Strangwood.
The animal welfare charity has released a list of the most unusual places that animals have been abandoned since May . Including:
- A dog dumped in a duffel bag
- Chinchillas found in a cage in a cemetery
- Very young rabbits discovered in a plant pot inside a shopping bag
- A mother cat and kittens dumped in a wheelie bin
- A terrapin left in a bucket in a children’s playground
- A man who walked into a Tesco and asked a woman to hold his cat while he called the RSPCA - and then never returned.
The list is a startling reminder that some really do view animals as commodities that can be discarded without a moments’ thought.
“It’s bad enough when we find a box of kittens wrapped in blankets on our doorstep with a note,” added DCI Strangwood, “but now people are deliberately dumping their animals in out of the way places - like bins, skips or on waste ground - and leaving them to die.”
The public is urged to be vigilant, and to alert the RSPCA if they notice boxes, bins or bags that could contain abandoned animals. Things to look out for include movement and noises.
To help the RSPCA continue its vital work rescuing rehabilitating and rehoming abandoned animals across England and Wales, Text RUBBISH to 70800 to give £5 today.