The credit crunch has lead to the UK taking greater control over their outgoings as there is less disposable income to play around with. It seems as though the latest economic problems are leading to pets being turfed out of their own home.

New research by Friends of the Animals charity shows that, although only part of the problem, the increase in the number of homes facing repossession has lead more families into rented accommodation where pets are simply not allowed. Last year there were 27,000 repossessions, but the Council of Mortgage Lenders forecast there to be around 45,000 in 2008.

Eileen Jones from the charity, said: “In the past year especially we have witnessed a sharp increase in the number of dogs coming into rescue. Reasons given for those handed in are varied including home moves and finances.”