Despite that however, people are still feeling the pinch and have to make decisions about what they can and cannot afford and sadly, despite the UK being a nation of animal lovers, it is pets that have taken the brunt. According to a report towards the end of last year, the number of pets being abandoned was 65% higher than compared to 2007 (before the economy collapsed). In laymen's terms, that means some forty one thousand animals. And sadly, a lot of those are older and therefore less likely to be rehoused.
Before I moved to Llanon, our pet cat, called Lady, died (in June 2010) after we adopted her as a kitten from our next door neighbour twenty years previously. And since we moved here (and found ourselves right on the main road) we knew that we couldn't have a cat unless it was completely used to being indoors all the time. A few days ago, a poster was put through my letterbox for me to post onto the community notice board from the Cat's Protection League asking if anyone would be able to adopt some of the cats they had received. One of those moggies seemed to fit the bill and so yesterday, one of their people had a look around (to determine if our house was suitable). After a few moments she determined that it was and so permitted us to adopt the moggy in question.
Therefore may I introduce you to the newest member of our household "Fluffy (nee Sherbert)"
However, there are still a large number of abandoned moggies still looking for homes, therefore if you live in Ceredigion and feel that you would be a good home to a cat (or another pet seeking a home) then please visit either the Aberystwyth branch of the Cats' Protection League or Ceredigion Animal Rescue and see if you can give a home to an abandoned pet.