Dog rescue reports influx of abandoned dogs amid return to work

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4:01 PM 6 April 2022



Rescue centers in Norwich are still seeing a huge influx of abandoned lockdown dogs as more townspeople return to the office.

At the height of the pandemic, many people took the opportunity to add new members to their families.

But experts believe that many people did not fully understand the responsibility of owning a pet and are now looking to get rid of poor pets.

Steph Meachen, volunteer at Safe Rescue for Dogs in Norwich, said: ‘I’d like to think people bought dogs during the pandemic with the best of intentions.


Safe Rescue for Dogs is run by a team of dedicated volunteers
– Credit: Safe Rescue for Dogs

“Because they finally felt like they had time because work-life balances had changed and people were at home a lot more.

“Maybe they mistakenly took on more responsibility than they could realistically handle once things got back to normal.”

She said a lot of the issues were related to separation anxiety, dog food becoming more expensive and vet bills.


Mitzi is currently in foster care with the rescue and is waiting for a very special family to fall in love with her.

Mitzi is currently in foster care with the rescue and is waiting for a very special family to fall in love with her.
– Credit: Safe Rescue for Dogs

Steph also revealed how the pandemic has seen many ‘backyard breeders’ charging upwards of £2,500 for cross breeds.

She added: “It was amazing, but as always the prices were dictated by demand and the demand at this time was very high.

“Dodgy breeders and sellers realized they could make a lot of money, meanwhile reputable rescues like ours kept adoption fees the same, still at £300.”

Now Safe Rescue for Dogs is urging people looking for their own four-legged friend to adopt one from a reputable shelter rather than buying one.


Caty is currently in foster care with Safe Rescue for Dogs looking for her forever home.

Caty is currently in foster care with Safe Rescue for Dogs looking for her forever home.
– Credit: Steph Meachen

Steph said: ‘We would say don’t buy extorted puppies online.

“Rescue from a reputable charity means you will get lifelong rescue help, dogs are checked, vaccinated and mostly neutered.

“Stop funding puppy farms and dodgy breeders – adoption is so rewarding.

“You will save this dog’s life and open up a rescue space for the next soul in need.”


Baz searches for his new family and hopes to find them with Safe Rescue for Dogs.

Baz searches for his new family and hopes to find them with Safe Rescue for Dogs.
– Credit: Safe Rescue for Dogs

If anyone is interested in any of the dogs pictured or wants to know more about the other dogs, the rescue has reached out to them through their Facebook page.

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