RESCUE centres are 'bracing themselves' for a post-lockdown abandonment crisis.

Many people decided to adopt or purchase pets at the beginning of lockdown, with rehoming charities experiencing a huge rise in the number of applications received.

With more time at home and less social interaction many felt it was a great time to bring a pet into the home for companionship and to tackle boredom.

Sadly however, as lockdown begins to lift, rescue centres warn they are bracing themselves for a spike in the number of pets given up for adoption or abandoned as many people begin to find they no longer have the necessary time required for their pets’ care or are struggling financially.

The RSPCA has spoken out about their concerns, facing a funding shortfall and limited rescue places for unwanted pets. During the current crisis, the number of animals at RSPCA shelters has already risen by more than 1,500.

Jack Sargeant, MS for Alyn and Deeside, continues to work closely with animal charities.

He said: "It is heart breaking to see so many animals abandoned, and rescue centres may become overrun if the current trend continues.

"It really is essential that people think carefully about the long-term implications before making the life changing decision to own an animal.

"If you are struggling with a pet, please do reach out to charities such as the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust, they may not have capacity straight away, but they are always able to offer support and advice.

"Whatever you do, please don’t abandon an animal - it is unfair on them and the volunteers and staff who are left to pick up the pieces."