Households 'buy 3.2 million pets in lockdown'
12/03/2021 | news | business | 191
Many have bought pets in response to social isolation, but there are concerns about animal welfare.
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Bob
12/03/2021 10:34:52 7 4
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So we had a shortage of toilet roll, tinned foods, flour, pasta, computer chips, a shipping backlog but apparently we have no problem producing millions of cats and dogs...
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12/03/2021 11:20:39 6 2
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To be fair, nature tends to ensure cats and dogs produce millions of new cats and dogs without much human intervention.
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12/03/2021 10:34:56 4 4
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3.2 million more pets?

Britain is a nation of animal lovers.

Really?

https://animalclock.org/uk/

Depends on the animal.

Depends what you mean by love.
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12/03/2021 11:37:36 7 2
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"Depends what you mean by love". Indeed. I love lamb and beef, so I guess that makes me an animal lover.

But in reality, both you and I know exactly what "Britain is a nation of animal lovers" means: it means we are a nation obsessed with keeping pets.
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12/03/2021 10:35:56 6 4
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Should have got a tamagothchi
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12/03/2021 13:15:23 5 1
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Showing your age. Do they still exist?
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12/03/2021 10:44:54 17 4
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According to one estimate, owning a medium-size dog can have a similar carbon footprint to a large SUV.
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12/03/2021 11:00:33 4 13
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What estimate? By whom? Is that per year? What SUV?

Will you be flying for holidays when we come out of lockdown? What car do you drive?
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12/03/2021 11:16:13 8 1
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Years ago, I heard it said the west gives their pets greater spending power than swathes of the third world humans have.
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13/03/2021 13:04:48 3 0
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Indeed - a friend (ish) of mine who thinks they are an environmentalist has two kids and a dog - I have neither. I could fly to NYC and back every single week and still not emit as much C02 as even one of his kids, yet he still likes to virtue-signal how they no longer fly whenever I mention that I'm off somewhere.
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12/03/2021 10:47:10 17 2
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...and we all know what extra petfood sales mean. Watch where you are walking.
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13/03/2021 13:00:44 3 0
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Yes, it's like the Somme on the pavement near me.
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12/03/2021 10:49:13 38 4
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The increase especially among people are not traditional pet owners and see a dog as a fashion item is causing problems.
The level of dog fouling and revolting plastic bags being left around is a health risk and needs to be addressed.
Many UK beaches have become scenic dog toilets and should have signs asking people to keep their children under control so that dogs can run and play freely.
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13/03/2021 18:11:56 2 0
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Many parks are similarly over-run with uncontrolled dogs so that young children are not/do not feel safe there. It is no wonder that many of our children are obese
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12/03/2021 10:52:30 47 3
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And what will happen when people go back to work and school? Or if their financial situation changes for the worse?

Pets = time = money
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12/03/2021 11:19:03 33 2
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I do worry about how many of these pets will be abandoned as life returns to some kind of normality. I'm sure a lot of people will have thought long and hard before getting a pet, but I'm equally sure a lot will have done it on the fly, without a moments thought for the long term needs of the animal.
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DM
12/03/2021 11:38:26 3 3
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Many people will not return to the old 9 to 5 away from home and with flexible working being the grown up way forward perhaps the pets will continue to have company after all.
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12/03/2021 13:24:00 7 1
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exactly right - we are already starting to see rising numbers of pets being returned - once the return to work starts in earnest it will be disastrous - sadly there are no tests to ensure you are either knowledgeable, competent or have a lifestyle that suits pet owning
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12/03/2021 14:23:56 11 1
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No, Pets = Time + Money + Effort,

a lot of people don't realise this and get one cause it is cute but in reality they are a massive responsibility
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12/03/2021 10:54:15 72 4
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And now my FB feed is full of these new owners asking friends to pet sit so they can resume their pre lockdown lifestyles.

It appears to come as a shock to some that you shouldn't leave dogs at home all day whilst you're out at work, and that you have to pay for kennels if you take a holiday etc
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12/03/2021 13:32:54 30 4
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Yup, a pet is for life not just for lockdown.

I did buy one myself for my own wellbeing so I understand why so many people opted for one, but I knew I had a set up for it fo when I returned to work.

Here's hoping the shelters aren't overwhelmed by the summer
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12/03/2021 19:24:50 3 2
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There is an alarming rise in dog thefts now.

Presumably there’s a big market at the moment for stolen pets.

Don’t advertise your pets on social media.
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12/03/2021 10:55:12 23 9
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These people are the worst in society. They get a pet to make themselves feel better then will abandon it as soon as the office and the pub reopens.
Pets should have the same rights as a small child imo and owners who abandon them should be legally forced to pay for their upkeep for the rest of the pets life.
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12/03/2021 10:57:41 12 19
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Why are you projecting your own, unprocessed generalisations on millions of people you don't even know
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12/03/2021 12:02:12 7 2
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My dog is looking forward to the pubs reopening almost as much as I am
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12/03/2021 16:28:02 0 3
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So you think that parents who lose their kids to social care pay for them still? Lolz
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12/03/2021 10:55:54 18 3
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Sadly when the world opens up again these beings are going to wonder what they did wrong.
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jon
12/03/2021 11:15:15 14 2
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Yes. Take care adopting a rescue dog. They can be severely psychologically damaged from previous ill treatment.
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12/03/2021 10:59:47 18 11
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What is the obsession with owning and possessing an animal as a plaything/comfort 'necessity'? It suggests to me that something is not right with the emotional well-being of many people in the 'developed' world. I am an 'animal lover' but only through the delight of observing them in their natural habitats.
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12/03/2021 11:04:33 3 18
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That's fantastic Arty - I'm sure if I came to your house I would find no leather or animal-based products at all.

After all, you are the flag-bearer of naturalism for which we all must be grateful. I'm so impressed by you.
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12/03/2021 12:38:55 3 3
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What is this obsession of judging other people just because it's not what you think is right?
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12/03/2021 13:29:50 5 1
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"The more I see of people, the more I love my dog." Quote from the 16th century. Pet lovers are not a new phenomenon.
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12/03/2021 11:05:23 14 3
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It's a sad time puppies being sold and then resold again and again,what's wrong with people.
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12/03/2021 14:06:58 4 3
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It's sadder that we can consider animals as property.
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12/03/2021 10:55:31 25 2
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Provided you offer the correct training and leadership to your new animals and demonstrate responsibility (picking up after it during walks) - there's nothing wrong with this.

Of course those who live alone and are about to take on 12 hour days with a new husky in the flat are going to find it hard to adjust and should have thought their decision through a bit better...
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Rob
12/03/2021 14:59:01 5 7
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Get training to pick up dog mess in plastic bag and tie it to a tree
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12/03/2021 11:07:29 43 3
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I saw 2 young women walking in unison, both had dogs, none of them paying any attention to their pets other than staring at their blooming phones.

I expect once all measures are lifted the number of pets abandoned will sky rocket.
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12/03/2021 12:30:07 9 46
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Yeah... How dare young people be out with their pets when you are around.

Old and grumpy is not a good trait to have.
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13/03/2021 11:40:12 5 1
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They do the same when walking their toddlers take their phones for a walk and totally ignore their kids!
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12/03/2021 10:55:12 23 9
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These people are the worst in society. They get a pet to make themselves feel better then will abandon it as soon as the office and the pub reopens.
Pets should have the same rights as a small child imo and owners who abandon them should be legally forced to pay for their upkeep for the rest of the pets life.
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12/03/2021 10:57:41 12 19
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Why are you projecting your own, unprocessed generalisations on millions of people you don't even know
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12/03/2021 11:20:33 10 1
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Because this is a HYS column!
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12/03/2021 10:44:54 17 4
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According to one estimate, owning a medium-size dog can have a similar carbon footprint to a large SUV.
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12/03/2021 11:00:33 4 13
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What estimate? By whom? Is that per year? What SUV?

Will you be flying for holidays when we come out of lockdown? What car do you drive?
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12/03/2021 11:13:12 8 5
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The biggest 'crime' is the ludicrous prices of dogs and cats even before covid let alone after.

Still the vets will be raking in even more money as they exploit pet owners for very fat cat pay.

Let's hope in the coming months enough good homes will take those animals off the hands of animal shelters.
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12/03/2021 10:55:54 18 3
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Sadly when the world opens up again these beings are going to wonder what they did wrong.
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jon
12/03/2021 11:15:15 14 2
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Yes. Take care adopting a rescue dog. They can be severely psychologically damaged from previous ill treatment.
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12/03/2021 13:12:44 12 1
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And can become lovely pets after patient training. Personal experience speaking.
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12/03/2021 13:28:19 10 1
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There are many responsible dog owners who regularly take the time & trouble to rehome unwanted dogs. It may be hard work & sometimes messy, but someone has to undo the harm done to innocent dogs by the frivolous idiots who buy them on a whim & have no idea how to handle them.
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12/03/2021 14:36:08 3 1
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Good for you.
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13/03/2021 13:00:00 0 1
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Absolutely, better off buying a new one than going second hand.
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12/03/2021 10:44:54 17 4
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According to one estimate, owning a medium-size dog can have a similar carbon footprint to a large SUV.
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12/03/2021 11:16:13 8 1
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Years ago, I heard it said the west gives their pets greater spending power than swathes of the third world humans have.
what I am most surprised at is.....how come such a beautiful woman as Marie (featured)....is single!!!! ????? Removed
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12/03/2021 11:22:28 0 2
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Oh I doubt she'd class herself as 'single' she has got Stevie for a Schnoodle.
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12/03/2021 11:24:30 2 2
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Absolutely right a very pretty girl , she looks really happy with her poodle and good for her.
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12/03/2021 10:59:47 18 11
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What is the obsession with owning and possessing an animal as a plaything/comfort 'necessity'? It suggests to me that something is not right with the emotional well-being of many people in the 'developed' world. I am an 'animal lover' but only through the delight of observing them in their natural habitats.
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12/03/2021 11:04:33 3 18
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That's fantastic Arty - I'm sure if I came to your house I would find no leather or animal-based products at all.

After all, you are the flag-bearer of naturalism for which we all must be grateful. I'm so impressed by you.
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12/03/2021 10:52:30 47 3
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And what will happen when people go back to work and school? Or if their financial situation changes for the worse?

Pets = time = money
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12/03/2021 11:19:03 33 2
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I do worry about how many of these pets will be abandoned as life returns to some kind of normality. I'm sure a lot of people will have thought long and hard before getting a pet, but I'm equally sure a lot will have done it on the fly, without a moments thought for the long term needs of the animal.
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12/03/2021 10:57:41 12 19
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Why are you projecting your own, unprocessed generalisations on millions of people you don't even know
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12/03/2021 11:20:33 10 1
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Because this is a HYS column!
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Bob
12/03/2021 10:34:52 7 4
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So we had a shortage of toilet roll, tinned foods, flour, pasta, computer chips, a shipping backlog but apparently we have no problem producing millions of cats and dogs...
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12/03/2021 11:20:39 6 2
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To be fair, nature tends to ensure cats and dogs produce millions of new cats and dogs without much human intervention.
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ken
12/03/2021 11:21:00 32 2
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And when it ends there will be a lot of unwanted pets
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12/03/2021 18:58:14 11 20
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Can't the govt. put them on furrylough?
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12/03/2021 11:21:34 11 1
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Well this last year really has been a right old dogs dinner
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13/03/2021 19:17:43 0 0
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Dogs dinner? Are you referring to the Wuhan wet market ?
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13/03/2021 19:35:10 0 0
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Dogs dinner? Are you referring to the Wuhan wet market?
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12/03/2021 11:00:33 4 13
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What estimate? By whom? Is that per year? What SUV?

Will you be flying for holidays when we come out of lockdown? What car do you drive?
what I am most surprised at is.....how come such a beautiful woman as Marie (featured)....is single!!!! ????? Removed
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12/03/2021 11:22:28 0 2
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Oh I doubt she'd class herself as 'single' she has got Stevie for a Schnoodle.
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12/03/2021 11:00:33 4 13
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What estimate? By whom? Is that per year? What SUV?

Will you be flying for holidays when we come out of lockdown? What car do you drive?
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12/03/2021 11:00:33 4 13
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What estimate? By whom? Is that per year? What SUV?

Will you be flying for holidays when we come out of lockdown? What car do you drive?
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12/03/2021 11:24:30 11 1
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We are about to see an awful lot of these pets being discarded as people are forced to return to their offices. We are supposedly a nation of animal lovers, we will soon find out if this is true or not.
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Rob
12/03/2021 14:52:29 5 2
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We are not a nation of animal lovers we are a nation of dog and cat lovers and cuddly things anything else gets eaten
what I am most surprised at is.....how come such a beautiful woman as Marie (featured)....is single!!!! ????? Removed
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12/03/2021 11:24:30 2 2
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Absolutely right a very pretty girl , she looks really happy with her poodle and good for her.
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12/03/2021 11:36:43 4 13
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I don't get the obsession with pet ownership, it can be good for kids, and dogs are friendly creatures... cats though... people that go down that route seem to become socially difficult and reclusive.
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12/03/2021 13:07:30 6 3
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Tosh. Most dog owners are very sociable on their daily dogwalks. Granted they may only know the dogs names rather than the owners.
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12/03/2021 10:34:56 4 4
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3.2 million more pets?

Britain is a nation of animal lovers.

Really?

https://animalclock.org/uk/

Depends on the animal.

Depends what you mean by love.
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12/03/2021 11:37:36 7 2
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"Depends what you mean by love". Indeed. I love lamb and beef, so I guess that makes me an animal lover.

But in reality, both you and I know exactly what "Britain is a nation of animal lovers" means: it means we are a nation obsessed with keeping pets.
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12/03/2021 10:52:30 47 3
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And what will happen when people go back to work and school? Or if their financial situation changes for the worse?

Pets = time = money
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DM
12/03/2021 11:38:26 3 3
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Many people will not return to the old 9 to 5 away from home and with flexible working being the grown up way forward perhaps the pets will continue to have company after all.
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12/03/2021 12:11:07 7 1
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I think that's true, but it's not just work that needs to be considered. For instance, have people factored what happens when hospitatality and general socialising returns to normal, when they start going on holidays again etc, into their decisions? Plenty will have, but plenty won't have too.
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12/03/2021 13:27:28 3 1
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Not everyone does office work.
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12/03/2021 11:40:42 24 4
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How can all these people afford to buy these pets when supposedly most of the country is struggling financially
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12/03/2021 11:48:41 24 6
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Not all of the country is struggling, COVID has split the country into those who still have jobs and have nothing to spend it on and those who have lost their job/are on furlough who will be really struggling.
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12/03/2021 14:20:58 2 2
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80% furlough, innit ?
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Rob
12/03/2021 14:46:17 2 1
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They will ask for government help
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12/03/2021 17:24:13 0 1
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Retirement!
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12/03/2021 11:47:37 16 2
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This has the makings on an animal welfare disaster.

When they have to go back to a, possibly very different, work pattern there is going to be as huge pile of inconvenient and abandoned 'lockdown toys'.

If/when Covid inevitably species jumps to pets (which hardly 'socially distance' either from their keepers or their own kind) the problem will get even worse.
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12/03/2021 11:40:42 24 4
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How can all these people afford to buy these pets when supposedly most of the country is struggling financially
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12/03/2021 11:48:41 24 6
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Not all of the country is struggling, COVID has split the country into those who still have jobs and have nothing to spend it on and those who have lost their job/are on furlough who will be really struggling.
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12/03/2021 12:44:08 5 5
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And those who get nothing from the Government.
3 million in fact.
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P2
12/03/2021 13:23:35 10 1
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I’d guess (admittedly it would be guessing) a lot of furlough people are the ones getting pets! Free time + free money. It would make sense.
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12/03/2021 14:00:47 7 1
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Why would you struggle on furlough?

Nothing to do and nowhere to go, so nothing to spend your money on. They'll be rolling in it!
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13/03/2021 09:04:43 1 1
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Job lost yes. Furlough not so much, nowhere near as impoverished as they think they are.
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12/03/2021 10:55:12 23 9
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These people are the worst in society. They get a pet to make themselves feel better then will abandon it as soon as the office and the pub reopens.
Pets should have the same rights as a small child imo and owners who abandon them should be legally forced to pay for their upkeep for the rest of the pets life.
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12/03/2021 12:02:12 7 2
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My dog is looking forward to the pubs reopening almost as much as I am
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12/03/2021 12:02:22 15 1
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Well...people don't really learn...they do say 'don't get a pet for Christmas' maybe they should add...don't get a pet for a pandemic!

The big concern, particularly for the new young owners is: what do they do with their new pets when their office reopens, or when they can start going out again...& the novelty of the cuddly puppy needing to be toilet trained & exercised begins to wear off!
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12/03/2021 12:03:40 18 2
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And when the pandemic is over there will be 3.2 million pets either abandoned or given to animal charities.
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12/03/2021 13:25:42 17 1
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But the majority don't get abandoned or given up for free. Designer pets originally bought as lifestyle or fashion accessories, such as poodle crosses, cost a lot of money & they tend to get sold on Craigslist or Pets at Home to equally unsuitable owners, often many times in succession. We're storing up a huge amount of animal misery.
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12/03/2021 12:08:44 24 2
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I fear many buy cats and puppies as 'toys' for their toddlers. Then abandon them when the pets rebel or when the fad wears off. Then their are those who consider them fashion accessories! We are living in strange times.
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12/03/2021 13:00:30 11 6
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Sorry - 'Then there.................' !!! OMG
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DM
12/03/2021 11:38:26 3 3
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Many people will not return to the old 9 to 5 away from home and with flexible working being the grown up way forward perhaps the pets will continue to have company after all.
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12/03/2021 12:11:07 7 1
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I think that's true, but it's not just work that needs to be considered. For instance, have people factored what happens when hospitatality and general socialising returns to normal, when they start going on holidays again etc, into their decisions? Plenty will have, but plenty won't have too.
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12/03/2021 12:14:09 53 4
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This is really concerning. There are going to be so many pets abandoned by selfish, heartless people, who only thought about their own instant gratification.

A pet is for life!
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12/03/2021 15:03:33 25 3
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Fleas, vet's bills, walking in pouring rain, scratched doors, chewed shoes, endless barking, poo, more hair than barbers, needy as a small child, mud and so on.

There are a lot of negatives to owning a dog, just be aware.

I'll take the pet slug thanks, nice low maintenance.
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13/03/2021 18:08:47 3 0
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Not to mention the millions of extra shits that these selfish people will leave on our paths
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12/03/2021 12:23:56 30 3
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Once the puppy doesn't get the LIKE ticks, or it's time to go on holiday. Bye Bye L.D.P; Lock Down Pet. Que excuses. Unbelievable, why couldn't they have just brought a bike, and stick it in the shed like all L.D.R; Lock Down Riders will eventually do after 1-2 months.
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12/03/2021 11:07:29 43 3
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I saw 2 young women walking in unison, both had dogs, none of them paying any attention to their pets other than staring at their blooming phones.

I expect once all measures are lifted the number of pets abandoned will sky rocket.
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12/03/2021 12:30:07 9 46
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Yeah... How dare young people be out with their pets when you are around.

Old and grumpy is not a good trait to have.
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12/03/2021 13:10:17 13 2
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Sadly that comment is true - across the country walking a dog seems to be the newest accessory albeit untrained.
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12/03/2021 14:34:23 17 3
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To be fair I don't think he/she was complaining about them walking their dogs more the fact that they were ignoring them and looking at their phones.
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12/03/2021 17:27:02 6 2
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Read the full comment again and you may get the point of it.
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12/03/2021 12:36:43 14 2
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And once lockdown is over and people want to go out again to restaurants/bars and then holidays and the need to find somebody to take care of their pet on trips, as well as the excuse of walking the dog to get out not needed, there will be a significant number who will decide to give up pet ownership.
Then the environmental impact of dogs, in particular is bad.
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12/03/2021 12:42:21 4 2
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It's the restaurants I'm worried about.
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12/03/2021 10:59:47 18 11
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What is the obsession with owning and possessing an animal as a plaything/comfort 'necessity'? It suggests to me that something is not right with the emotional well-being of many people in the 'developed' world. I am an 'animal lover' but only through the delight of observing them in their natural habitats.
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12/03/2021 12:38:55 3 3
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What is this obsession of judging other people just because it's not what you think is right?
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12/03/2021 12:36:43 14 2
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And once lockdown is over and people want to go out again to restaurants/bars and then holidays and the need to find somebody to take care of their pet on trips, as well as the excuse of walking the dog to get out not needed, there will be a significant number who will decide to give up pet ownership.
Then the environmental impact of dogs, in particular is bad.
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12/03/2021 12:42:21 4 2
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It's the restaurants I'm worried about.
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12/03/2021 22:47:58 1 1
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Not Korean ones (old stereotypical joke) before you jump down my throat. it is Friday night!
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12/03/2021 11:48:41 24 6
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Not all of the country is struggling, COVID has split the country into those who still have jobs and have nothing to spend it on and those who have lost their job/are on furlough who will be really struggling.
50
12/03/2021 12:44:08 5 5
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And those who get nothing from the Government.
3 million in fact.
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Jon
12/03/2021 12:59:47 4 6
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I'm going to sound out a note of optimism. Coronavirus has been awful and people have taken on pets as it's a chance to love and care for something which will return that affection. There will, doubtless, be abandonments but it's going to be of a tiny minority. The majority of people will have well-trained and adjusted pets who'll continue to be a part of their family for years.
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12/03/2021 14:27:23 4 2
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I sincerely hope your right. But I wont bet my house on it.
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12/03/2021 12:08:44 24 2
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I fear many buy cats and puppies as 'toys' for their toddlers. Then abandon them when the pets rebel or when the fad wears off. Then their are those who consider them fashion accessories! We are living in strange times.
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12/03/2021 13:00:30 11 6
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Sorry - 'Then there.................' !!! OMG
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12/03/2021 11:36:43 4 13
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I don't get the obsession with pet ownership, it can be good for kids, and dogs are friendly creatures... cats though... people that go down that route seem to become socially difficult and reclusive.
53
12/03/2021 13:07:30 6 3
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Tosh. Most dog owners are very sociable on their daily dogwalks. Granted they may only know the dogs names rather than the owners.
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12/03/2021 13:14:26 5 1
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Yes I was known as "Charlie's dad" when we had our Labrador...on the morning walk I would encounter a wider cross section of society than on any other my activities.
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12/03/2021 13:14:52 4 7
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You don't seem to be able to read. I said people who go the route of cats are the ones who are socially difficult.
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12/03/2021 17:47:41 0 1
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Most

Not all

Feel free to put down those dogs and their owners who are out of control

Drastic. Maybe but would help clear the gene pool of idiots
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12/03/2021 12:30:07 9 46
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Yeah... How dare young people be out with their pets when you are around.

Old and grumpy is not a good trait to have.
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12/03/2021 13:10:17 13 2
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Sadly that comment is true - across the country walking a dog seems to be the newest accessory albeit untrained.
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12/03/2021 13:08:03 1 8
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Cleary HYSers also hate our furry friends.........................

Misery, misery and more misery............

Guess it shouldn't come as a surprise given the last 12 months..........................oops beginning to sound like a regular!
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12/03/2021 17:54:37 3 1
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Don’t hate furry friends

Hate irresponsible owners
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jon
12/03/2021 11:15:15 14 2
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Yes. Take care adopting a rescue dog. They can be severely psychologically damaged from previous ill treatment.
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12/03/2021 13:12:44 12 1
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And can become lovely pets after patient training. Personal experience speaking.
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12/03/2021 13:07:30 6 3
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Tosh. Most dog owners are very sociable on their daily dogwalks. Granted they may only know the dogs names rather than the owners.
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12/03/2021 13:14:26 5 1
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Yes I was known as "Charlie's dad" when we had our Labrador...on the morning walk I would encounter a wider cross section of society than on any other my activities.
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12/03/2021 13:07:30 6 3
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Tosh. Most dog owners are very sociable on their daily dogwalks. Granted they may only know the dogs names rather than the owners.
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12/03/2021 13:14:52 4 7
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You don't seem to be able to read. I said people who go the route of cats are the ones who are socially difficult.
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12/03/2021 10:35:56 6 4
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Should have got a tamagothchi
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12/03/2021 13:15:23 5 1
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Showing your age. Do they still exist?
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12/03/2021 13:17:39 5 3
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Are Rescue Centres gearing up for the inevitable influx coming their way?
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12/03/2021 11:48:41 24 6
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Not all of the country is struggling, COVID has split the country into those who still have jobs and have nothing to spend it on and those who have lost their job/are on furlough who will be really struggling.
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P2
12/03/2021 13:23:35 10 1
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I’d guess (admittedly it would be guessing) a lot of furlough people are the ones getting pets! Free time + free money. It would make sense.
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12/03/2021 10:52:30 47 3
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And what will happen when people go back to work and school? Or if their financial situation changes for the worse?

Pets = time = money
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12/03/2021 13:24:00 7 1
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exactly right - we are already starting to see rising numbers of pets being returned - once the return to work starts in earnest it will be disastrous - sadly there are no tests to ensure you are either knowledgeable, competent or have a lifestyle that suits pet owning
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12/03/2021 12:03:40 18 2
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And when the pandemic is over there will be 3.2 million pets either abandoned or given to animal charities.
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12/03/2021 13:25:42 17 1
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But the majority don't get abandoned or given up for free. Designer pets originally bought as lifestyle or fashion accessories, such as poodle crosses, cost a lot of money & they tend to get sold on Craigslist or Pets at Home to equally unsuitable owners, often many times in succession. We're storing up a huge amount of animal misery.
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DM
12/03/2021 11:38:26 3 3
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Many people will not return to the old 9 to 5 away from home and with flexible working being the grown up way forward perhaps the pets will continue to have company after all.
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12/03/2021 13:27:28 3 1
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Not everyone does office work.
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jon
12/03/2021 11:15:15 14 2
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Yes. Take care adopting a rescue dog. They can be severely psychologically damaged from previous ill treatment.
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12/03/2021 13:28:19 10 1
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There are many responsible dog owners who regularly take the time & trouble to rehome unwanted dogs. It may be hard work & sometimes messy, but someone has to undo the harm done to innocent dogs by the frivolous idiots who buy them on a whim & have no idea how to handle them.
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12/03/2021 10:59:47 18 11
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What is the obsession with owning and possessing an animal as a plaything/comfort 'necessity'? It suggests to me that something is not right with the emotional well-being of many people in the 'developed' world. I am an 'animal lover' but only through the delight of observing them in their natural habitats.
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12/03/2021 13:29:50 5 1
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"The more I see of people, the more I love my dog." Quote from the 16th century. Pet lovers are not a new phenomenon.
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P2
12/03/2021 13:29:55 5 3
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Dog tax coming soon!
88
12/03/2021 14:25:31 8 3
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I hope so.
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12/03/2021 13:31:17 23 14
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Can we please BAN the import of Rescue Dogs from outside of the UK. We already have enough abandoned and homeless dogs here in the UK and that will rise when people start to return to work.
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12/03/2021 18:55:12 7 16
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And BAN the importation of mutilated dogs with hacked ears/tails

Don't provide a market -the barbaric practice will cease
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12/03/2021 10:54:15 72 4
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And now my FB feed is full of these new owners asking friends to pet sit so they can resume their pre lockdown lifestyles.

It appears to come as a shock to some that you shouldn't leave dogs at home all day whilst you're out at work, and that you have to pay for kennels if you take a holiday etc
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12/03/2021 13:32:54 30 4
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Yup, a pet is for life not just for lockdown.

I did buy one myself for my own wellbeing so I understand why so many people opted for one, but I knew I had a set up for it fo when I returned to work.

Here's hoping the shelters aren't overwhelmed by the summer
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12/03/2021 22:25:28 1 2
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The shelters must be bracing themselves surely. Sad situation but highly predictable.
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12/03/2021 13:35:35 11 3
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Proper licensing should be required before people take on a pet!

Should be mandatory checks on accommodation & finances (pets are expensive) & vaccinations, neutering, chipping & basic training of the animal before a license is issued.

Cost of administering the scheme covered by the license fee.
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bob
12/03/2021 13:41:31 7 4
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Don't forget the damage done to the environment to feed 17 million pets. Agriculture, farming, transport, oh, and of course, picking up and disposing of all the waste afterwards.
74
12/03/2021 13:45:57 3 9
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Only dogs in the main (irresponsible owners).

Cats always clean up after themselves....
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12/03/2021 14:18:59 3 3
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Pet's carbon paw prints are massive.
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12/03/2021 13:42:14 5 4
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just a thought

Proper licensing before people take on a pet!

mandatory checks on accommodation & finances (pets are expensive) & vaccinations, neutering, chipping & basic training of the animal before a license is issued.

**

I'd like to see you trying to train a cat.....

It would be almost impossible to police or the fee would have to be pretty high..

..and HYSers would gripe like hell.
100
12/03/2021 14:49:01 4 1
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Did you mean licensing of owners?
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12/03/2021 13:45:21 23 3
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The reason I dont have a dog is cause i can't give it the time it needs. Once lockdown is down and everyone is back to work its going to be unfair on them pets
75
12/03/2021 14:00:04 8 4
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You sound like you would be a more responsible dog owner than many! I hope you can sort out things with your employer to work more from home, so you may be able to have a dog one day.
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bob
12/03/2021 13:41:31 7 4
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Don't forget the damage done to the environment to feed 17 million pets. Agriculture, farming, transport, oh, and of course, picking up and disposing of all the waste afterwards.
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12/03/2021 13:45:57 3 9
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Only dogs in the main (irresponsible owners).

Cats always clean up after themselves....
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12/03/2021 14:04:10 7 4
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I think you're just being facetious. That's just a myth spread by cat-owners so they don't have to follow their pets around carrying little green bags. Round here cats just go anywhere. At least dogs don't normally go in other people's back gardens.
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12/03/2021 14:39:25 3 2
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Can you tell that to the cat that keeps leaving me "presents" on my lawn? Not managed to get close enough yet to see if there is an address or anything on the collar so I can have words with it's owner. They may love their "little darling", but that's not the word I'd use to express my feelings for it!
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12/03/2021 14:42:11 2 1
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No they don't.
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12/03/2021 17:45:15 4 2
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What cats clean up

Geeeeee which planet are you on
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12/03/2021 13:45:21 23 3
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The reason I dont have a dog is cause i can't give it the time it needs. Once lockdown is down and everyone is back to work its going to be unfair on them pets
75
12/03/2021 14:00:04 8 4
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You sound like you would be a more responsible dog owner than many! I hope you can sort out things with your employer to work more from home, so you may be able to have a dog one day.
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12/03/2021 11:48:41 24 6
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Not all of the country is struggling, COVID has split the country into those who still have jobs and have nothing to spend it on and those who have lost their job/are on furlough who will be really struggling.
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12/03/2021 14:00:47 7 1
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Why would you struggle on furlough?

Nothing to do and nowhere to go, so nothing to spend your money on. They'll be rolling in it!
74
12/03/2021 13:45:57 3 9
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Only dogs in the main (irresponsible owners).

Cats always clean up after themselves....
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12/03/2021 14:04:10 7 4
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I think you're just being facetious. That's just a myth spread by cat-owners so they don't have to follow their pets around carrying little green bags. Round here cats just go anywhere. At least dogs don't normally go in other people's back gardens.
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12/03/2021 14:14:05 3 5
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Hahahaahaha : facetious ?? Me??

Are you a member of the local CatWatch then?? Otherwise how do you know?

As I said cats clean up and generally look after themselves. No myth. Dogs are just like having a child (nothing wrong with that per se but a lot more committment).
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12/03/2021 11:05:23 14 3
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It's a sad time puppies being sold and then resold again and again,what's wrong with people.
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12/03/2021 14:06:58 4 3
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It's sadder that we can consider animals as property.
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12/03/2021 14:09:21 7 2
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Looks like Battersea Dogs Home and similar charitable rescue houses will be accidental beneficiaries of the Covid epidemic. Except they will certainly not have the capacity to deal with the unwanted pets come pandemic slow down.
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12/03/2021 14:10:33 6 3
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didnt get a pet during lockdown only because I have 2 catsand2 guinea pigs, however without them I don't think I would have managed. I am single, and they were there to talk to and be a part of my everyday life. Of course you need to consider that you can afford a pet and be able to house it, lets hope that once lockdown finished properly pets remain in homes and not back to rescue centres
77
12/03/2021 14:04:10 7 4
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I think you're just being facetious. That's just a myth spread by cat-owners so they don't have to follow their pets around carrying little green bags. Round here cats just go anywhere. At least dogs don't normally go in other people's back gardens.
81
12/03/2021 14:14:05 3 5
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Hahahaahaha : facetious ?? Me??

Are you a member of the local CatWatch then?? Otherwise how do you know?

As I said cats clean up and generally look after themselves. No myth. Dogs are just like having a child (nothing wrong with that per se but a lot more committment).
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bob
12/03/2021 13:41:31 7 4
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Don't forget the damage done to the environment to feed 17 million pets. Agriculture, farming, transport, oh, and of course, picking up and disposing of all the waste afterwards.
82
12/03/2021 14:18:59 3 3
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Pet's carbon paw prints are massive.
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12/03/2021 11:40:42 24 4
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How can all these people afford to buy these pets when supposedly most of the country is struggling financially
83
12/03/2021 14:20:58 2 2
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80% furlough, innit ?
90
12/03/2021 14:30:00 2 2
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And?
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12/03/2021 14:20:58 8 3
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"On the positive side, 74% said their pet had helped their mental health while they were coping with coronavirus curbs"

I wonder how many pets will have mental health issues when they realise they are not the focus of attention they once were when people get busy again, the children are back in school and they are not part of the overseas holiday plans...
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12/03/2021 10:52:30 47 3
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And what will happen when people go back to work and school? Or if their financial situation changes for the worse?

Pets = time = money
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12/03/2021 14:23:56 11 1
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No, Pets = Time + Money + Effort,

a lot of people don't realise this and get one cause it is cute but in reality they are a massive responsibility
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12/03/2021 14:24:42 21 3
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Bring back the dog licence, price it about the same as a TV licence. If you can't afford it you can't afford a dog.
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13/03/2021 12:59:03 1 1
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But, but, that's discrimination!
87
12/03/2021 14:24:54 7 2
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That means our paths will be even more shipped up.
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P2
12/03/2021 13:29:55 5 3
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Dog tax coming soon!
88
12/03/2021 14:25:31 8 3
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I hope so.
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Jon
12/03/2021 12:59:47 4 6
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I'm going to sound out a note of optimism. Coronavirus has been awful and people have taken on pets as it's a chance to love and care for something which will return that affection. There will, doubtless, be abandonments but it's going to be of a tiny minority. The majority of people will have well-trained and adjusted pets who'll continue to be a part of their family for years.
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12/03/2021 14:27:23 4 2
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I sincerely hope your right. But I wont bet my house on it.
83
12/03/2021 14:20:58 2 2
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80% furlough, innit ?
90
12/03/2021 14:30:00 2 2
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And?
91
12/03/2021 14:33:08 6 5
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In the UK it's estimated that 12m (44%) households have pets with around 51m pets owned. The UK Pet market is forecast to hit £7bn in 2021.
54% of UK pet owners aged 19-38 will always put their pet’s needs first.
We donated £110m to PDSA and £43m to Battersea dogs home.
Yet we have 4.1m children living in poverty.
We walk the dog to drop off at the food bank.
What a strange world we live in
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12/03/2021 14:50:21 1 3
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What a strange outlook to think that we either have pets or no child poverty.
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12/03/2021 14:52:08 0 7
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And with animals catching Covid, thats an awful amount of spreading nobody cares about.
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12/03/2021 12:30:07 9 46
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Yeah... How dare young people be out with their pets when you are around.

Old and grumpy is not a good trait to have.
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12/03/2021 14:34:23 17 3
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To be fair I don't think he/she was complaining about them walking their dogs more the fact that they were ignoring them and looking at their phones.
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jon
12/03/2021 11:15:15 14 2
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Yes. Take care adopting a rescue dog. They can be severely psychologically damaged from previous ill treatment.
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12/03/2021 14:36:08 3 1
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Good for you.
74
12/03/2021 13:45:57 3 9
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Only dogs in the main (irresponsible owners).

Cats always clean up after themselves....
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12/03/2021 14:39:25 3 2
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Can you tell that to the cat that keeps leaving me "presents" on my lawn? Not managed to get close enough yet to see if there is an address or anything on the collar so I can have words with it's owner. They may love their "little darling", but that's not the word I'd use to express my feelings for it!
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12/03/2021 14:42:00 4 2
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Add them to the compost pile.....................the 'presents' that is............
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12/03/2021 13:45:57 3 9
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Only dogs in the main (irresponsible owners).

Cats always clean up after themselves....
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12/03/2021 14:42:11 2 1
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No they don't.
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94
12/03/2021 14:39:25 3 2
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Can you tell that to the cat that keeps leaving me "presents" on my lawn? Not managed to get close enough yet to see if there is an address or anything on the collar so I can have words with it's owner. They may love their "little darling", but that's not the word I'd use to express my feelings for it!
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12/03/2021 14:42:00 4 2
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Add them to the compost pile.....................the 'presents' that is............
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12/03/2021 18:15:40 3 3
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I'll add the CAT to the compost pile if I can catch it...
94
12/03/2021 14:39:25 3 2
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Can you tell that to the cat that keeps leaving me "presents" on my lawn? Not managed to get close enough yet to see if there is an address or anything on the collar so I can have words with it's owner. They may love their "little darling", but that's not the word I'd use to express my feelings for it!
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12/03/2021 11:40:42 24 4
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How can all these people afford to buy these pets when supposedly most of the country is struggling financially
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Rob
12/03/2021 14:46:17 2 1
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They will ask for government help
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12/03/2021 13:42:14 5 4
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just a thought

Proper licensing before people take on a pet!

mandatory checks on accommodation & finances (pets are expensive) & vaccinations, neutering, chipping & basic training of the animal before a license is issued.

**

I'd like to see you trying to train a cat.....

It would be almost impossible to police or the fee would have to be pretty high..

..and HYSers would gripe like hell.
100
12/03/2021 14:49:01 4 1
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Did you mean licensing of owners?