Tilney All Saints animal centre full to capacity
A rehoming centre has started a waiting list to house animals at its centre as it is full to capacity.
The West Norfolk RSPCA Rehoming Centre at Eau Brink, Tilney All Saints is currently full and anyone looking to rehome an animal has been added to the waiting list.
There are currently eight dogs on the waiting list and the reasons behind people rehoming seems to be partly due to the cost of living.
Having taken in a pet during lockdown, working from home they are now struggling with the time and expense of an animal now that they have returned to work.
Carl Saunders, branch manager said: "The way the economy is affecting people, with money at a pinch, we are literally full.
"We just had a call from a vet with a cat who needs a home and we have no space, we've had eight dogs who are on the waiting list.
The West Norfolk RSPCA Rehoming Centre website has a form for people to fill in if they wish to surrender a pet.
Mr Saunders said: "The reason we have the form is that it takes the emotion out if it, it's a very difficult thing and the form on the website saves what could be a 45 minute telephone call."
With the cost of living, lifestyle changes since the pandemic and veterinary bills more people than usual are rehoming their pets.
Mr Saunders said: "It's gone from one extreme to another, we were half empty this time last year.
"Someone might not need a dog, they took on a dog but are now working longer hours to earn more money, whereas before they were at home on furlough 24/7.
"We have had a little Frenchie where the owner had to surrender it as they are having to work 12 hour shifts.
"Unexpected vet bills is another example, if a dog suddenly needs a hip operation then it might cost 2k..
"Pet insurance falls to the wayside, people cancel it as they think they won't need it and now can't afford the vet bill."
The centre arranged a sponsored dog walk in the grounds of Holkham Estate which raises much needed funds for the charity.
It is an independent branch of the RSPCA and is fully self-funded by the volunteer-run shops in Hunstanton and Lynn.