Increasing number of Brits unable to afford pet food

Monday, 14th November 2011

An increasing number of owners in the UK are having to give up their animals because they cannot afford to buy pet food anymore.

That is according to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which recently said the number of people giving up their pets for financial reasons has increased dramatically.

Claire Horton, chief executive at Battersea, said: "We do everything we can to help heartbroken owners that can no longer afford to keep a roof over their head, pay their pets' vet bills or even buy pet food by taking in their animal and trying to find it a new home."

One owner having to give up his Staffordshire Bull Terrier is Aaron LeBlanc, who lost his job and could be about to lose his home.

He said the dog, Shady, is his best friend but he is unable to afford to keep him anymore. Mr LeBlanc added that he has been approached by people wanting to buy Shady, but believes the animal will be safer in Battersea.

"I know they want to use him for fighting ... Battersea is the best place for him," he said. recently reported that 27 animals were abandoned in the West Midlands over five days.