Since the cost-of-living crisis began, everyone worldwide has been affected in a multitude of ways, but the rising expenses when it comes to our beloved furry friends is siphoning more out of people’s pockets than they can manage to afford. Despite the many sacrifices people are willing to make for their beloved animals, the price of food, bowls, medicine, crushing vet bills, toys, bedding, safe cleaning supplies-not to mention treats and other pet luxuries-is starting to cost unreasonably high amounts that have left people desperate and stricken.

Usually, when someone brings their pet to the vet, they aren’t expecting to have to pay extortionate amounts for routine treatments, but that’s the unfortunate reality. Recent studies show that it can cost around £50 in the UK to have your dog or cat vaccinated, and those need to be boosted once a year or so-not including pricier visits for more urgent care like surgeries, or emergency late-night trips, which can easily cost thousands of pounds.

However, it’s not just pet needs that are digging deeper in people’s bank accounts, it’s life as a whole. Shelters are overflowing with animals because as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, people are struggling with every aspect of daily life, and it’s hard to imagine how people will be able to take home a dependent pet when they’re not in any situation to. This leads to strain on charities and businesses that take in stray animals to find them a forever home.

It costs the RSPCA £140m per year to keep their charity open, and they receive thousands of calls each year about animal abandonment, animal cruelty, and possible investigations they needed to carry out into the welfare of pets. In 2021, their animal cruelty hotline received 1,081,018 calls from concerned members of the public. During the summer, they take in one animal per hour.

Charities like the RSPCA are struggling, now more than ever, to treat and rehome pets, because a lot of people in the UK aren’t financially stable enough to consider adoption. We can only hope that the cost-of-living crisis will start to lower, and shelters find it easier in the near future to find the pets a loving home.