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Welfare crisis for dogs in UK ‘looming’, says Kennel Club

A recent survey by the pet association has found that almost a quarter of all owners fear that they will no longer be able to provide a suitable home for their dog post-lockdown

The UK is on the verge of a “looming” welfare crisis affecting dogs after lockdown, according to a recent survey of pet owners carried out by The Kennel Club.

The pet association’s survey found that almost a quarter (23%) of all owners fear that they will no longer be able to provide a suitable home for their dog post-lockdown.

Furthermore, around one in five dog owners (17%) have admitted to considering rehoming their pets as an option.

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Kennel Club is calling on the government and businesses to introduce more “dog friendly” policies to allow dogs to reintegrate into society.

Bill Lambert, spokesperson for The Kennel Club, said: “This new research worryingly shows that if dogs can’t go to places with their owners, and fit their lifestyle post-pandemic, some will be left home alone for too long, or even sadly rehomed or abandoned.

“These consequences could be quite devastating for the nation’s dogs, who frankly don’t deserve to be left behind after being a lifeline for so many during lockdown.”

He added: “Hospitality, businesses and workplaces can play a role in combating the looming welfare crisis faced by this pandemic pup generation by being open for dogs; helping owners to introduce or reintroduce their pet to ‘normal’, without leaving them behind, and preventing a legacy of separation anxiety.”

 

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