Animal shelter

Basingstoke Animal Shelter warns of 70% increase in animal donations

An animal shelter reported seeing a massive increase in surrendered cats and dogs.

Animal shelter Helping Cats and Dogs UK has reported that it has seen a sharp increase in the number of pets handed over and it has come to the point where the shelter has had to turn away some animals due to a shortage of space.

Founder Kirsty Wrightson warned that this increase is just the tip of the iceberg.

She said: “Unfortunately we had to turn animals away because we are so full.

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“Where people can’t pay the vet bills anymore or they can’t afford to look after them anymore or they can’t afford to bring in the dog walkers anymore if they’re working full time, we’re full.

“Just last week we took in 11 cats, and that’s happening daily.

“And it’s only going to get worse too, because people can’t afford to feed their animals.”

Kirsty estimated that the shelter has seen a 70% increase in the number of pets that have been turned over because owners could no longer afford them.

She continued, “It’s huge, to the point that sometimes I don’t even sleep because I don’t have room to put animals on the waiting list to come in.

“And because people can’t afford adoption fees, the animals don’t change, they stay in foster homes.”

The CIC is also struggling due to a lack of funds, as donations have slowed due to members of the public no longer being able to afford to donate or sponsor the group.

Kirsty explained, “Our sponsorships have gone down, our funding has gone down, and so have donations from people, although our costs continue to go up.”

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She continued, “The more we can help the community keep their animals in their homes, the better.

“But we need the public’s help to be able to do that.”

Founded in 2018, Helping Dogs and Cats UK works to rescue, rehoming and provide veterinary care for pets in Basingstoke and surrounding areas.

CIC also offers a wide range of other services, including microchipping, sterilization and sterilization.

In addition to its work in the UK, the shelter also helps dogs and cats in Romania.

More information about Helping Dogs and Cats UK can be found on the shelter’s website: