Research has shown that almost one in five people who bought a puppy during the pandemic is now considering moving their new dog.
An estimated 3.2 million UK households welcomed a new pet into their family during the lockdown, with dogs and cats being the most popular animals, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association.
But now pandemic restrictions are easing and people are returning to work. According to the Kennel Club, some owners have feared that they will no longer be able to look after them.
Almost a quarter of owners fear they will not be able to provide their dog with a suitable home after the lockdown, and 17 percent have considered relocation, the survey found.
Some dog owners have said that they are concerned that they will no longer be able to look after their new pets
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The Kennel Club warned that the UK was facing an impending “pandemic puppy welfare crisis” unless more jobs become dog-friendly.
Bill Lambert of the Kennel Club said, “This new study shows worryingly that when dogs cannot go places with their owners and adjust their post-pandemic lifestyle, some are left home alone for too long, or even sadly moved or abandoned .
“These consequences could be pretty devastating for the nation’s dogs, who frankly don’t deserve to be left behind after being a lifeline to so many during lockdown.”
According to the study, up to 21 percent of owners admit to leaving their dog home alone for long periods of time.
And 14 percent said they left their pet in the car while shopping, the study found.
The Dog’s Trust charity warned of a 41 percent increase in traffic on their website, Give Up Your Dog, between August 2020 and January 2021.
While Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has predicted that nearly 27 percent more dogs will be abandoned in the next five years.
Mr Lambert urged the hospitality, business and work groups to make places more dog-friendly for people across the UK.
He added, “Hospitality, business and jobs can all play a role in combating the looming well-being crisis this pandemic generation of puppies is facing by being open to dogs. To help owners introduce or reintroduce their pet to “normalcy” without leaving them behind. “