Dog owners hit by credit crunch

SIR - In recent weeks Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, has been very saddened to hear of a number of instances in which people are struggling with the costs of owning a dog in the West Country, especially when the pet needs veterinary tre

SIR - In recent weeks Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, has been very saddened to hear of a number of instances in which people are struggling with the costs of owning a dog in the West Country, especially when the pet needs veterinary treatment. Sadly we have seen an increase in the number of dogs needing to be rehomed because people have lost their jobs and homes in the credit crunch.Dogs Trust recognises how important dogs are to people's lives and appreciates that many are struggling to keep them. We are keen to stress that owning a dog doesn't have to be expensive and there are many ways that you can keep the cost of ownership down including:Bulk buying food for your dogFeeding dry biscuits rather than tinned foodMaintaining pet insurance premiums if you can - insurance may seem expensive, but potential veterinary fees will be more soFor dog owners forced to move into rented accommodation, Dogs Trust will also be launching a 'Lets with Pets' campaign this spring to encourage landlords and letting agents to accept tenants with pets.Dogs Trust is always available to offer advice and assistance where it can. Anyone struggling to care for their dog in the current economic climate should contact us at 020 7837 0006.Clarissa Baldwin,Chief Executive Officer, Dogs Trust,London.


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