Staffies ‘more likely’ to be abandoned than any other breed

Staffies are most likely to be abandoned

The RSPCA’s recent data indicates that Staffies are on track to become the most frequently abandoned dog breed in 2023 by a large margin. These findings, disclosed as part of the Join the Christmas Rescue campaign, reveal a staggering 1,316 reports of abandoned Staffordshire bull terriers since the year began.

One of these dogs is Nova, pictured above, who is waiting for her new home at the RSPCA’s Warrington, Halton and St Helens Branch. She is described as a “lovely, friendly dog” who is a little unsure of strangers and new surroundings, but only needs time and patience to settle into a new home.

Following some distance behind, French bulldogs rank as the second most abandoned breed, with 582 reported cases to the charity. German Shepherds claim the third spot, with 542 reported abandonments this year. The Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua conclude this unenviable top five, with 467 and 348 abandonments respectively.

These figures reflect a concerning surge in animal abandonment, reaching a troubling three-year peak

In total, the RSPCA has received reports of 16,040 abandoned dogs in 2023, marking an increase from the 15,666 reported in 2022. It’s worth noting that some emergency calls made to the RSPCA’s line involve multiple abandoned dogs.

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner, said, “These figures show that, despite being man’s best friend, we are seeing far too many dogs being sadly abandoned by their owners – and we fear the winter could be bleak for countless dogs.

“The cost of living is one of the biggest barriers to animal welfare and is making it harder for some owners. Many pet owners are struggling, even more than last year, which is likely impacting these shocking figures.”

These figures reflect a concerning surge in animal abandonment, reaching a troubling three-year peak.


“Regardless of their breed, all dogs are loving and loyal to their owners so it’s heartbreaking that people decide to abandon them, instead of asking for help,” Dermot Murphy added.

“Our rescue teams are set to be busier than ever this Christmas – so we need animal lovers to Join the Christmas Rescue and donate to help us be there for animals in desperate need as abandonment soars.”

Those interested in adopting Nova can contact the RSPCA’s Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch by emailing


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