RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre in Nottinghamshire appeals for pet food donations to help owners cope with cost of living crisis
The RSPCA is appealing for pet food donations as pet owners are squeezed by cost of living pressures.
RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre donates pet food to food banks in Nottinghamshire as and when it is needed to ensure that owners who have fallen on hard times can still feed their pets.
It also gives pet food to local RSPCA inspectors for members of the public they visit who are struggling and finding it hard to meet the demands of feeding their pets alongside their families.
Ella Carpenter, manager of RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre, said: “Our message to people is to always ask for help if you need it and we will do whatever we can with the resources we have to help both animals and people in our community.
“We made contact with the local food banks so that if any of them contact us with people who have expressed a need for pet food then we can distribute the food to them. This helps to ensure that the support reaches across all of Nottinghamshire and to those people and animals that are most in need.
“Sadly, it seems as though the cost of living increase means that more people are struggling to afford to feed their pets and are relying on the food banks more and more.
“We are now bracing for an influx of abandoned pets or owners who have to give them up because they can no longer afford to keep them but we hope that through the food bank we will be able to provide some support to people and their much-loved pets.”
An RSPCA report showed in the East Midlands, 70% of people found the cost of looking after their pet had become more expensive over the last 12 months while 27% were worried about being able to afford to properly care for their pet and 17% were worried about the cost of feeding their pets.
Donated pet food can be dropped off at the animal centre during opening hours.