Singapore sees pet abandonment cases soar this year

The rising costs of pet care due to inflation in Singapore have led to a significant increase in abandoned pets, according to Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS), a government-run agency.  Despite the risk of imprisonment and hefty fines of up to US$8,000, hundreds of pets were left behind by owners in the city-state last year.

Animal welfare organizations attribute this surge in abandonment cases to pandemic-related “impulse buys” and a decrease in people working from home. Alongside the pandemic-related factors, the traditional reasons for pet abandonment, such as cats, dogs, and rabbits, have also contributed to the growing issue.

There were 310 cases of abandoned pets investigated in 2022 by AVS, marking a nearly 38 percent increase from the 225 cases in 2021. In comparison, there were 251 cases in 2020 and 230 cases in 2019. The figure also does not reflect cases with no reports filed.

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