People are being forced to give up their pets because of the increasing cost of living 

Shelter managers in Devon said the cost of living crisis and the pandemic had resulted in a rise in unwanted pets 

We are beginning to see people say they just can't afford to own an animal so they have to rehome it 

The shelter manager said people should "do their homework" before taking on an animal as "it's not cheap" 

She said the cost of living has had an effect on all the charity's overheads as well as electricity and vet bills 

Ms Scott continued: "There's always a slight panic element when this sort of thing happens 

People try and economise immediately, and if the pet is the only thing you can economise on then that's what happens 

The RSPCA has revealed across the country the charity received 3,644 calls in 2021 asking for help with vet bills