Which parts of Britain report the highest number of missing pets?

The number of abandoned cats is on the rise, reports Keighley-based charity, Yorkshire Cat Rescue. In 2014 the organisation rescued 865 cats and kittens, compared with 688 the previous year.

These shocking statistics follow the RSPCA’s report in October of last year. It revealed that 210,952 abandoned animals have been reported to the organisation in the last five years. Cats Protection’s Newbury Adoption Centre also saw a 36 percent increase in 2014. Last year it rehomed 570 cats and kittens with the help of new facilities opened in Newbury’s Pets at Home store in April.

As well as abandoned pets, the number of lost dogs and cats who are not reunited with their owners continues to rise.  Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance research reveals that around 60 cats or dogs go missing in the UK every hour.

Its findings reveal that over the past five years 2.54 million people claim to have lost a dog or cat, but well over a third (38%) were not reunited with them.  Some 830,000 owners who were reunited with them said that the fact that their pets were chipped helped find them.  Furthermore, pets with ID tags increased reunification significantly.  The Control of Dogs Order (1992) rules that all dogs in the UK must wear an ID tag with the pet’s owners name and address engraved, and obviously a phone number will help to be able to contact the owner quickly.

In terms of which parts of Britain have seen the largest number of cases of pet cats and dogs going missing over the past five years, Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance’s research reveals that the West Midlands accounted for 17% of cases, followed by London with 15%.

Location Number of people who claim that their cats/dogs have gone missing over the past five years(1) Percentage of cases of missing dogs and cats in  Britain over the past five years(1)
West Midlands 430,000 17%
London 383,000 15%
North West 293,000 11%
South East 278,000 11%
Yorks/Humb 273,000 11%
Scotland 205,000 8%
East Midlands 172,000 7%
South West 157,000 6%
Eastern 119,000 5%
North East 119,000 5%
Wales 110,000 4%

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