THE past year has seen a huge surge in pet ownership as the RSPCA has rehomed 28,740 animals, with 552 rehomed in North Yorkshire.

With the number of pets in the UK rising, the RSPCA said it’s now more important than ever for people to make sure they understand how their pets are feeling so that as a nation of animal lovers we keep our pets happy and healthy.

Doctor Sam Gaines, head of the companion animals team at the RSPCA, said: “There has been a boom in pet ownership during the pandemic and whilst it’s great to see so many pets becoming a real source of comfort during the last year, it’s important that we remember that our mental health can impact on that of our pets. We need to make sure we consider their mental health and know how they are feeling."

This month, the RSPCA have launched the 'Adoptober' initiative, during which the charity urges people to 'Adopt Don’t Shop' and shines a light on the rescue animals looking for forever homes.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care, visit the website or call 0300 123 8181.