Animal charity Wood Green launched National Unwanted Pet Week last year – which began this year on Monday 18th May – to highlight the rise of unwanted pets at rescue centres.
However, the number of abandoned dogs has surged due to the internet making it increasingly easy for animals to be bought without the prospective owners considering whether they can care for them properly.
Wood Green are currently caring for around 600 unwanted dogs, cats and small animals at four different shelters in the UK.
Director of Wood Green Sally Stevens said, “There are the reputable routes to ownership which we’d recommend, such as official Kennel Club breeders and animal centres, and then there are the less reputable ones: buying dogs online or going down the pub and coming back with a puppy.”
The charity finds new homes for around 5,000 pets every year but are now coming under increasing pressure.
“Our intake of stray dogs has increased by six percent in the last 12 months.”
Head to Wood Green’s website to help an unwanted pet by donating today.