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As we face the worst cost-of-living crisis in decades, ​foodbanks and other organisations across the country are working at capacity to support people in need. Much-loved pets are also feeling the impact; according to the RSPCA, the number of pets given up due to owners not being able to afford to keep them has risen by over 25%.

The depth of the crisis

The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide network distributed 1.3 million food parcels to people facing hardship during April to September 2022 – an increase of 52% compared to the same period in 2019.

The number of pets in UK households is estimated to have risen from 9 million in 2019 to around 12 million in 2021.

The RSPCA dealt with 13,159 abandonments and 30,500 cases of neglect to the end of October 2022.

The number of people living in temporary accommodation has also risen by an alarming 74% in the last 10 years, and current statistics estimate that there are 320,000 people experiencing homelessness in the UK, with between 5-25% of them being homeless with a pet.

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