Lots of people share their life with a companion animal. Some of these animals are well looked after, but sadly many are not so fortunate.
Many companion animals are abused and cruelly treated while others are neglected because people don’t know how to look after them.
Often, people don’t think through what is involved in looking after a companion animal. As a result, countless animals end up being neglected or abandoned.
Animal shelters are filled to bursting with unwanted animals. Hundreds of thousands have to be killed each year because they have not found new homes.
Despite this, pet breeders – often ordinary owners of pets – continue to produce more animals to meet the demand.
Some people choose to own exotic animals, such as reptiles and birds, that are especially unsuitable as companion animals.