A FLINTSHIRE dog rescue center has seen an increase in calls from people seeking to rehom their dogs due to the cost of living.
Skylor’s Animal Rescue, which is based in Deeside, receives dozens of calls daily from people looking to relocate their dogs, often due to the rising cost of living.
Dawn Taylor, founder of the rescue, said: ‘I would say in the last month we’ve had more phone calls to take in dogs and we just can’t take them in because we’re already full.
The 45-year-old believes the rising cost of living has had an impact on pet owners and caused more dogs to be taken into the care of rescues.
She said: “People have to work longer hours to support their families. […] in other cases, people have to rehom their dogs because of excessive vet bills, food costs and their own living expenses.”
“It’s heartbreaking to see families who can no longer afford their pets.”
The family center holds between 12 and 14 dogs, including long-term foster families, but is currently at capacity and even has around 20 dogs on its waiting list.
Ms Taylor also felt the pressure of rising energy prices at the rescue and noticed an increase in the cost of heating kennels.
The biggest cost to the center is the vet bills which are at least £200 per dog, not including any specific issues that need to be addressed.
The rescue assists Animals Trust at Wrexham, a not-for-profit veterinary surgery which provides free consultations for sick or injured animals entering surgery.
Another concern for the rescue owner is the decline in the number of people adopting dogs, which means some dogs are in the rescue for long periods of time, further increasing its costs.
She said: ‘We as a rescue don’t want dogs, we will help but we prefer the dogs to stay with their families as that is what they know and they are a family member.
Ms Taylor believes irresponsible breeding of puppies and breeders failing to carry out proper checks before selling puppies make the problem worse.
She said: “They have to start by finding out about the families, can they afford the dogs, because you can’t just sell that dog and hope for the best because they will end up being rescued.
“If you’re a responsible breeder, you should do it anyway, but there are people who just do it for the money.”
Recent figures from the RSPCA Wales indicate that investigations and prosecutions of illegal puppy breeding by local authorities in Wales have increased significantly.
Welsh local authorities received nearly 1,000 inquiries from concerned members of the public in 2020 and 2021 – with the figure increasing by 6.75% in the latter.
Billie-Jade Thomas, public affairs manager for RSPCA Wales, said: “These figures demonstrate that there are still significant issues with poor puppy-rearing practices in Wales – and we fear they will not. are just the tip of the iceberg.”
Skylor’s Animal Rescue currently has nine dogs up for adoption and is also looking for additional help from dog walkers or volunteers.
The center requires those wishing to adopt to complete a detailed application form followed by a home check to ensure that their property is suitable and the right environment for the dog and that the owners are happy with the pets.
The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only for those wishing to visit a certain dog.
Information on current dogs in need of care can be found on their website: www.skylorsanimalrescue.com
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