Reasons for giving up pets in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

This statistic shows the results from a 2018 survey in which dog and cat owners in the United Kingdom (UK) were asked for reasons for giving up pets. Of the pet owners surveyed, 41 percent have given up a pet or know someone who has. The chart shows that ten percent of respondents stated being unable to care for the pet anymore as a reason for owners' giving up pets. A further eight percent said they pets are given up due a change in home, as well as for poor behavior.

Leading reasons for giving up pets according to owners in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018*

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Release date

April 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

February 19-28, 2018

Number of respondents


Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* 41 percent of the dog and cat owners surveyed have given a pet up/know someone who has.
** 62 percent of people were dog owners and 35 percent were cat owners. The source does not specify the age range of participants.

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