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DSPCA urges owners to remember pets in will as surge of animals being abandoned

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Dublin pet owners are being urged to think of their pet’s futures when creating a will as the DSPCA is seeing a huge surge in pets being abandoned and handed into their centre.

It comes as a new survey for the DSPCA, which was carried out by Lottoland.ie, found that over a half of people (54%) would leave their pet to a family member when they died.

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Just 1 in 10 said they’d like their pet to be taken in by friends or relatives whilst the survey also found that just 1 in 14 (7%) people would like their pet to go to a rehoming body or pet charity.

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The DSPCA are also asking the public to consider their pets future when creating a will, as the survey found that 1 in 3 adults were definite or likely to include a charity donation in their wishes.

More worryingly, a further 1 in 3 (33%) make it clear that they definitely would not be including a charity in their list of estate benefactors.

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Interestingly, the Lottoland.ie survey for the DSPCA found that over half (56%) of the youngest Generation Z group of 18-24 year olds were most likely to consider a charity in their will, compared to just over a quarter (26%) of the oldest over 65 category.

The national poll which surveyed over 1,000 Irish adults, also found that twice as many men than women would like their pets go to a rehoming or animal charity, whilst 6 in 10 women would prefer their furry friends to go to a family member compared to only 50% of men.

Suzanne McGovern from the DSPCA said “Most pet owners will assume that a family member or friend will take on their beloved pet in the event of their own passing or incapacitation.

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“Quite often this is not the case as the majority of calls we take at the DSPCA are from family members who are not in a position to care for the animal.

“It’s a sad and stressful time for everyone involved and in a lot of cases the animals arrive to us with serious and advanced medical conditions. I strongly advise planning for your pets future when considering making a will.”

The DSPCA offers a free will service and for more information click here

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