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Pets returned to shelters in Hungary as owners face rising costs

Chelsy, a sweet-eyed and immune-ill dog, was adopted in 2012 by the owners. His food and vet bills were too high for his owners, so they had to sell their house to pay the bills.

Chelsy, a four-year-old girl, isn’t the only one. Every day, people come to the Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter to complain about being unable to take care of their pets due to rising living costs and high energy prices. Some owners have left the country in search for work.

Kinga Schneider, the spokesperson for shelter, Hungary’s largest animal shelter stated that there is a long list animals that need to be returned. Shelter cares for over 1,200 animals, including rescue cats, dogs and birds.

While the shelter is having difficulty paying increased energy and feed costs its only source for income are donations.


Schneider stated, “We are living every day. It is important to consider whether or not we have the financial resources to pay for its care.

The situation in Hungary’s animal shelters is similar to that reported by the Hungarian Animal Protection Alliance. Similar patterns were reported by other countries, such as Britain.

Feed prices have risen between 20% and 30% which is one major problem, Zoltan Zibula, managing director of AlphaZoo in Hungary stated.


Budapest park dog walkers confirmed that pet ownership is becoming more costly.

It’s an average 30% rise in all animal costs.” Andras stated while playing with his black spaniel.

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