New RSPCA stats show pet owners snub luxuries in favour of their animals

Pet owners who don’t want to leave their animals home alone miss out on luxuries such as holidays abroad and meals out, new RSPCA figures have revealed.

A survey carried out by the charity revealed more than 51% of people who took part don’t go on foreign holidays, while 29% miss out on time with family and friends because they don’t want their pets to be lonely.

A further 29% said they don’t devote as much time as they would like to hobbies and leisure activities, 25% didn’t go for meals out and nearly 24% said they had turned down opportunities for better paid jobs because of the impact a longer commute would have on the time they were away from their pets.

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Leanne Copp, RSPCA corporate account manager, said: “The RSPCA is delighted that has chosen to support us. Using their great service will mean that your pets can be cared for in their own home while you are enjoying your holiday and it might save you money too.

“It won’t be long before many people start to think about visiting friends and family around Christmas time, while others may have invitations to festive parties, so could offer the perfect solution for both owner and pet.”

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“The money that raise will go towards ensuring that we can continue our vital work in caring for animals and eliminating cruelty and neglect.

“ offers a service that means you can still treat yourself without having to worry about your pets, who will be happy at home being looked after,” added Leanne.

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“It is a shame that in our world there is still suffering for animals and we know our members are extremely passionate about animal welfare. By joining forces we are enabling them to become part of this essential ongoing work and all of our efforts go towards helping the pet animals we all love so much.”

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Notes to editors

* In a survey the RSPCA asked ‘Do you give up any of the following in order to spend more time with your pet’, 3,937 people said they gave up holidays abroad. A total of 7,623 people responded to the survey.

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