Animal rescue

Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels extremely busy as cost of living bites

Two of the animals cared for by the Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels team.

The hardworking Berwick Animal Rescue Kennels (BARK) team revealed this week that they care for almost double the maximum number of animals they care for when ‘nearly full’.

As a result, struggling pet owners are advised to seek help, as support is available if certain criteria are met.

Additionally, a new RSPCA report – partly based on a YouGov survey of over 4,000 UK adults – found that 68% of people in the North East said the cost of keeping their pet had become more expensive over the past 12 years. month.

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BARK manager Jan Ross said: “We always have peaks and troughs with animal input, but at the moment we don’t see any troughs.

“We would normally expect 40-50 animals in kennels as a ‘nearly full’ figure. We now have (as of Monday afternoon) 79 animals. We have a few animals coming out and their spaces are already full of animals waiting to enter.

“A number of animals arriving have more complex needs. We currently have an 18 month old young dog who needs two hip replacements and rats, gerbils, cats and rabbits have all arrived recently with additional vet bills due to conditions that have not been treated .

“Besides the vet bills, people are also struggling to find food for their pets and even simple things like worm treatments are very expensive.

“Another key issue is sterilization. It’s a triple digit sum and so more people are putting it off and then it’s too late.

“Our message to pet owners struggling with costs is to seek help as there are various charities that can provide assistance with things like sterilization.

“Your local vets may have ties to organizations that have funds, which are not public knowledge because those organizations don’t want to be inundated with applications, if you meet certain criteria.”

The RSPCA report also found that the rising cost of living and cost of owning a pet could threaten animal welfare, as 78% of pet owners in the North East said they thought the cost of living would impact their animals.