Did you know that an incredible 59% of UK households now own a pet of some sort or other? With levels of pet ownership rising by a whopping 18% over the last year.
Given the massive popularity of owning your very own pet, have you ever thought about how people’s attitudes to pet ownership have changed over the last 50 years?
The partnership follows a survey of 2,000 dog-owning drivers which revealed a fifth (22 per cent) got their most recent dog after the start of lockdown – leaving some with hefty costs.
More than a third (35 per cent) of new dog owners said they had to buy a larger or more practical car because of the dog.
During his initial assessment on arrival, Socks showed little to no interest in toys or food, and was shrinking away from human contact.
However, he showed a flicker of interest in Shelley, a Junior Animal Care Leader, and herself an experienced Spaniel owner. Shelley was allocated to work with Socks for his first few days to help him settle.
His fear of vehicles was so bad, that the staff had some trouble getting him into a vehicle to take him to the vets for neutering and vaccination; it was a major obstacle to overcome. He must have had a terrible experience to have frightened him so much and have such a negative association with vehicles.
I didn’t have the best start in life, and found it very difficult to trust humans when I first came into the centre; I especially didn’t enjoy anyone touching me.
Whether you’re a cat lover, dog lover, rabbit lover or general animal lover, this day is another excuse to spoil them even more than you normally do and show them how much they mean to you!
Here at NAWT, we thought it would be interesting to look back at how pet accessories have changed over the last five decades…