Cost of Living

The RSPCA has seen a shocking 25% rise in the number of abandonments being dealt with by our rescue teams this year, with a 13% rise in neglect calls. The cost of living crisis is one of the biggest threats to animal welfare right now. 

RSPCA Help & Advice 

Cost of Living Advice Hub 

  • The RSPCA has a dedicated Cost of Living Hub with practical advice. 

  • We have recently opened a telephone helpline to support callers who are worried about the cost of living crisis - 0300 123 0650 - open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Pet Health Care Costs 

  • The RSPCA recommends that people who are struggling financially speak to their vet first about what they can afford and if there are alternatives as some vets offer payment plans. 

  • Those struggling with the costs of pet health care should contact local charities and RSPCA branches to see if they can help by providing financial assistance or essentials such as neutering and microchipping. 

  • Constituents can access help and advice on our website

Pet Food Bank Partnership 

  • The RSPCA is collaborating with a range of animal and human welfare charities across England & Wales, to help keep pets in their loving homes during times of financial crisis.

  • Working at a national, regional and local level, the RSPCA Pet Food Bank Partnership includes initiatives led by the National Society, the RSPCA Branch Network, local charities and community groups, and supported by pet food manufacturers, suppliers and other generous donors.

  • Our aim is to direct donations of pet food to the existing network of Food Banks and community groups distributing emergency human food parcels; and to provide pet welfare advice, signposting and practical support to help pet owners move out of their current crisis. 

  • Tell constituents about our handy Foodbank Map to find a pet food bank near you.