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