Owning pets can be extremely rewarding, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. Some owners find themselves in a position where they feel they need to give up a pet. This could be for numerous reasons, but there are many ways you can find support if you are struggling to properly look after your pet.
- Ask friends and family for help
- Local food banks may be able to help with pet food supplies
- If vet bills are too high, contact your vet about payment plans, discounts or vouchers for neutering or any other treatment needed. Find out if you could be eligible for financial assistance. You could also consider pet insurance, which covers future unexpected vet bills
- Get in touch with local rehoming charities for advice
- Visit the RSPCA website for welfare advice
Making the difficult decision to give up your pet
Sometimes giving up a pet is the right thing to do, but it can be distressing for you and them, so it needs to be done carefully. Give your pet the best chance of finding a happy home:
- Contact the original seller to see if they would be willing to take your pet back
- Contact a charity or rescue centre experienced in matching each pet with the right owner
There are many organisations that can help you rehome your pet. They all have different procedures, so research carefully before giving them a pet you're no longer able to care for.