Value of residing disaster blamed for the rise in guinea pigs coming into the RSPCA

The RSPCA has revealed the variety of guinea pigs coming into its care between January and August has risen by 90% within the final two years.

The heartbreaking statistics have been launched as a part of Guinea Pig Consciousness Week to boost consciousness of the struggling confronted by a whole bunch of small furries.

Within the first eight months of 2020, the charity’s entrance line officers took in 91 guinea pigs, this rose to 111 in 2021 and already this 12 months, 173 have come into RSPCA care – a rise of 90%.

The RSPCA’s latest analysis via the Animal Kindness Index discovered that the price of residing disaster is of big concern for pet homeowners with 68% of pet homeowners involved that the price of pet care was rising and 19% apprehensive about how they will afford to feed their pets.

It is feared the price of residing is contributing to the general rise in animals being uncared for and deserted.

Already this 12 months the RSPCA has had 445 reviews from folks apprehensive about guinea pigs – greater than half of those have been considerations about neglect (241) and 50 have been heartbreaking circumstances of abandonment. These incidents equate to greater than 50 incidents monthly involving virtually 350 guinea pigs.

In addition to guinea pigs the RSPCA is seeing this downside replicated throughout the nation with all species of animal. As a part of the charity’s Cancel Out Cruelty marketing campaign, the RSPCA has revealed that it acquired greater than 100 reviews of pets being deserted each single day all through 2021.

Rescue guinea pigs prepared for his or her endlessly residence

In August this 12 months, the RSPCA appealed for details about two guinea pigs who have been deserted in West Yorkshire. A neighborhood enterprise employee observed a pink shoebox within the woods and was stunned to discover a guinea pig inside, earlier than noticing a second among the many grass and leaves outdoors the field.

An RSPCA inspector took the guinea pigs to RSPCA Manchester & Salford, the place the animal care staff is treating them for lice. Nicknamed Brenda (long-haired guinea pig) and Myrtle (black and white) by the workers, they will now obtain loads of TLC, till they’re able to be rehomed.

Lola, Willow and Ruby got here into RSPCA care as their homeowners moved and could not take them with them. The three guinea pigs are very nervous however tremendous candy and are searching for a house collectively.

They are often shy when being dealt with and will run away and conceal once you strategy them. Nonetheless, for those who sit quietly, the women will ultimately come out of their hiding spots and will even take a deal with out of your hand!

For that reason, the guinea pigs will want time to settle of their new residence however they’ve baggage of potential to change into great additions to their new household.

Rehoming can be slowing down throughout the RSPCA on account of the price of residing disaster – pre-pandemic in 2019, the charity rehomed 176 guinea pigs whereas in 2020 this quantity dropped to 109, in 2021. At the moment, simply 95 have discovered new properties this 12 months.

RSPCA companion animal professional Dr Jane Tyson stated:

It is heartbreaking to think about all of the undesirable pets on the market, we do sympathise with folks struggling in the intervening time resulting from the price of residing however we might urge anybody apprehensive about prices related to their pets to succeed in out for assist. Pals, household, native charities, and vet charities can all present help nevertheless it’s by no means the reply to only dump an animal or neglect one. Sadly many greater than we have area for are ready to come back into our centres. Guinea pigs are misunderstood animals, they’re usually purchased for youngsters who can lose curiosity however they’ve very complicated wants and a comparatively lengthy life span. They’re social animals and wish loads of area to roam round in, they’ll make very rewarding pets however they seem to be a duty and a dedication.

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