The means necessary to maintain an animal have drastically increased since 2020, pushing the French to think before adopting one, reports France Bleu.
Sf the French experience inflation in their shopping basket, this is also the case when they have to go through the pet food department. According to an Ifop survey for the Woopets.fr site, spotted by France Bleu, three out of four French people have noticed a marked increase in food for dogs, cats or other pets. The overall budget – grooming and veterinary costs included – has thus increased by 125 euros per year on average, compared to 2020, to reach 943 euros. Too expensive for some French people who simply prefer not to take pets, even if they are dying to.
In fact, again according to this survey, 24% of French people (nearly a quarter) have already given up this year or the past years on buying or adopting a pet, because the cost of care and food (which represents 643 euros on the average annual budget) is too high. What animal protection associations welcome: it is better not to adopt a cat or a dog if you cannot afford it financially. This limits the cases of abandonment.
7% of French people have abandoned their pet this year
For people who have already had a pet for some time, it’s a different story. The current economic crisis is pushing some to abandon it and others to consider it seriously. Thus, according to the Ifop poll, 7% of French people have admitted to having abandoned their pet in the last 12 months, and another 7% plan to do so soon.
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It should be noted that this survey was conducted among 2,005 adults and representative of the French population. 1,036 respondents owned at least one pet.