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‘Guilt and embarrassment’ causing pets to be abandoned

A RECENT survey by one of the UK’s leading animal charities has revealed that some pet owners would feel too guilty and embarrassed to go to experts for help if they could no longer look after their pet.

Seventy seven percent of respondents to the survey, conducted by the Blue Cross said they would feel guilty and 23% embarrassed that they could no longer cope. Almost a third felt that they would be judged.

Seventy four percent of people questioned by the charity said that they would rather rehome their pet through friends or family than hand it over to a charity like the Blue Cross.

The Blue Cross fears that these feelings could be the cause of animals being abandoned.

The charity wants to reassure pet owners that they will be welcomed and not judged by staff if they take the responsible decision of handing their pet to an animal adoption centre.

Steven Broomfield, regional manager at The Blue Cross said: "We would like to put an end to cats being left in boxes in car parks and dogs be left tied up to fences, by letting people know that if they can no longer cope with their pet, they will be welcomed at our adoption centres.

At The Blue Cross we view owners that bring their pets to us as responsible and we value their input into the process of rehoming their pet. If a centre has space available, any pets will be welcome."