Fifty years ago, pets were likely brought to the family home from a neighbour, work, or school friend, whose pet had had a litter of puppies or kittens, or alternatively they were bought from the local pet shop (many a school-child growing up in the 70s has spent time standing outside a pet shop, lovingly gazing in at the puppies/kittens/guinea pigs in the window.)
Pet ownership is soaring in popularity, as we treasure the joy and comfort our furry pals bring. Looking to the future, we anticipate that animal welfare charities like ours will be doing more community work, which is why we’re looking to raise £50,000 for a Pet Care in the Community scheme.
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?
Whilst they were farmed for their fur and meat, many sources suggest that some of the medieval gentry women started to keep rabbits as pets.
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!
Keep an eye out on the website each month for the latest ’50 years of…’ post! For this month, we have gone back through the decades and explored popular pet names.
Love is found in all sorts of places, including your local animal rescue centre! We often see first-hand the love that blooms between pet and owner. Sometimes it happens straight away, and sometimes it takes a few weeks.
We want to take this opportunity to celebrate the loving bond between pet and owner! We asked our wonderful supporters on Facebook to tell us their stories about their rehomed pet. Thank you to everyone who told us their love story, all of the comments were lovely to read! Here are a few below:
It’s the time of year to treat yourself and your loved ones, and we know your newest member of the family definitely won’t be left out! So we’ve compiled four simple and effective tips to help you maintain your beloved pet’s wellbeing throughout the festive season.
1. Resist the temptation to indulge your pet