One in four pets will end up being rehomed

We might be a nation of animal lovers, but a quarter of all pets that have been bought or adopted will be re-homed, according to new data. The research also uncovered that two thirds of owners admit that they regret buying or adopting their dogs. Summer is the peak time for animals being dumped by their owners with half being abandoned during that time when people are more likely to want to go on holiday and not pay for animal care. Ten per cent of people said that they had got rid of their pet because it ‘prevented holiday plans’. Another quarter said they have considered re-homing their pet. The primary reason for dumping animals beside general inconvenience appears to be financial, with 40 per cent of owners saying that the expense of vet’s bills, holiday care and general costs make pet owning difficult. Sian Humpreys, head of Admiral Pet Insurance which carried out the study said: ‘Our customer statistics show that dogs are still the most popular pet, but they do tend to take a lot more time, effort and money than cats do.


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