Horsham Based RSPCA: 37% More Animals Abandoned So Far This Year in West Sussex

Tortoises given up by owners in West Sussex, now in the care of the RSPCA

The charity is calling for support to fund the work of their frontline inspectors.

The animal welfare charity has  released shocking new stats that show abandonments have been spiraling amid the ongoing cost of living crisis.

Already this year, up to the end of October, the animal welfare charity has received 17,838 reports of abandoned animals across England and Wales - which, if such trends continue, would equate to 21,417 reports over 2023. This compares with 16,118 reports during the whole of 2020, meaning the RSPCA is on course to see an eye-watering 32.9% rise in abandonment calls this year. It’s higher too than the number of reports received in 2021 (17,179) and 2022 (19,645).


And in West Sussex, the charity is on course to receive 195 reports of animal abandonment this year - marking a 37.9% rise on the number of reports received in the local community in 2020.


Dermot Murphy, who heads the RSPCA frontline rescue teams, said: “The combined effects of the pandemic and the ongoing cost of living crisis has created a perfect storm - and means we expect more animals than ever will need our help this year. "Abandonment calls to our emergency line are now at a three-year high, as we respond to an increasing number of animals being given up and dumped. “Behind these shocking statistics are thousands of vulnerable animals. Each one is a valuable life in urgent need of our help. 


“We’re desperately concerned about the coming winter months in West Sussex - abandonments have soared and many rescue centres are full to bursting, so we are facing an unprecedented winter crisis.  “Our rescue teams are set to be busier than ever this Christmas - so we need animal lovers to join the Christmas rescue and donate to help us be there for animals in desperate need as neglect and abandonment soars.”

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