Two female degus have been found dumped in a cage in Swansea.
They were found on Woodfield Street in Morriston on 2 March at around 8pm. The person who found them kindly took them into their home for safe keeping and contacted the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Leigh Summers said: “These two female degus were found inside a large cage with a bag of food and hay.
“It is really quite sad that they were abandoned and were just left outside on their own. We would like to hear from anyone with information about where they came from. Anyone with information can call us on 0300 123 8018. All calls will be treated in confidence.”
The degus were taken to RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil Veterinary Clinic for a health check and have been taken into boarding.
Inspector Summers added: “Despite their ordeal the degus are bright and friendly and will hopefully be found happy new homes.
“We will never truly know why people abandon animals. However our experience tells us that it could be down to a number of reasons. When owners are unable to cope, whether that be with an animal’s behaviour, the costs of keeping the pet or other things in their life take over, they opt to dump them.
“Unfortunately, the RSPCA and other charities see the impact all too often of people who have bought pets without properly researching the commitment involved with caring for them first. Sadly, this means that many pets are handed over to rescue centres when their owners can no longer care for them.”
If you find an animal which has been abandoned, is injured or in distress, please call us on 0300 1234 999.
For more information about how to care for degus please visit https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rodents/degus
In January (2019) the RSPCA received 145 calls in relation to abandonments in Wales.