Our pets are members of our families, and for many provide vital social contact and connection. It is estimated that over half of all UK households have a pet, with cats and dogs being the most common. 

With the rising cost of living, more people are finding it difficult to look after their pets – particularly when they become unwell and require costly veterinary care. However, help is available.

Food costs

Food banks can offer pet food in addition to food in an emergency. Find out how to access a food bank in Sandwell, and where to find your nearest food bank.

The Blue Cross runs pet food banks at some of their animal hospitals and rehoming centres. The charity supports dogs, cats and small pets including chinchillas, degus, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats.

Information on pet food banks, and where to find your nearest pet food bank, can be found on the Blue Cross website.

If you are in a position to be able to donate, both food banks and pet food banks welcome donations.

Vet costs

The RSPCA has advice on getting help with pet health care costs:.

This includes advice on how to access low-cost and free vet care from the PDSA or The Dog's Trust for those eligible, and free and low-cost neutering from Cats Protection

The RSPCA may also be able to offer help with vet costs. Find your nearest branch of the RSPCA.

The Blue Cross also offers advice about different types of pets.

Other support

The Cinnamon Trust can help with short-term care for animals belonging to elderly pet owners as well as long-term care for pets whose owners have died or are terminally ill. 

If you have lost a pet and need someone to talk to, free help is available from Blue Cross Pet Bereavement and Pet Loss and Cats Protection Paws to Listen.