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 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.
If you are in a position to be able to donate, both food banks and pet food banks welcome donations.
The RSPCA has advice on getting help with pet health care costs:.
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.
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.