PET OWNERS across Worcestershire are being urged to understand how their cats, dogs or rabbits are feeling as part of the RSPCA’s latest campaign.
Last year the charity rehoused 351 pets in the county and is offering advice in conjunction with ‘Adoptober’ which runs between now and the end of the month.
Knowing how pets are feeling helps ensure they stay happy and healthy.
Dr Sam Gaines, head of the companion animals team at the RSPCA, said: “There has been a boom in pet ownership during the pandemic and whilst it’s great to see so many pets becoming a real source of comfort during the last year, it’s important we remember our mental health can impact on our pets.
“We need to make sure we consider their mental health and know how they are feeling.
“From changes in their behaviour to their body language, our pets can give us insight into their mental wellbeing and it’s important that as pet owners we know how to spot these signs and act on them.”
Also for Adoptober, the charity wants people to ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’, shining a light on the animals which have been rescued by the RSPCA and are now looking for ‘furever’ homes.
Sam added: “This Adoptober we’re urging anyone thinking of getting a pet to consider adopting rather than buying an animal.
Anyone who is thinking of getting a pet should do their research and check they have the time, money and lifestyle to care for an animal for its whole life.”