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I attended an RSPCA cost of living event in the House of Commons to discuss support for struggling constituents and their pets, which works closely with the Scottish SPCA.

I spoke with RSPCA officers, Simon and Alison, pictured below, who are part of the team working hard to keep pets in loving homes as the cost of living crisis continues to bite and the number of pet abandonments soar.

I am keen to support animal welfare and to ensure that the right help, support and information is available to all of my constituents in North Ayrshire & Arran as the cost of living crisis is taking its toll.

Almost 80% of RSPCA and rescue officers have reported seeing animals suffering as a result of the cost of living crisis. I would urge anyone who is struggling with pet care and the cost of living crisis to use the resources the RSPCA has on offer to get the support they need. Keeping pets in loving homes is a definite priority and I am keen to help signpost to places of support.

The cost of living crisis is currently the single biggest challenge for animal welfare and it is very sad to see an increasing number of abandoned pets.

Money worries mean even the most loving owners are concerned about caring for their pets, and in the worst cases are having to make the heartbreaking decision between putting food on the table and keeping their beloved pet.

Pet owners can find a range of practical help and advice on the Scottish SPCA hub by visiting

The Scottish charity has a dedicated phone line for those looking for support: 03000 999 999

To help the SSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit:


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