The number of animals who have been abandoned by their owners in England and Wales has risen by 57 per cent, according to an animal welfare charity.
On average 30 animals were dealt with every day by the RSPCA last year
The RSPCA dealt with 11,586 rejected animals last year which equates to an average of 30 animals every day.
The charity says the problem could also be getting worse with another 1,432 animals dumped in the first two months of 2009.
What's more, the number of people who have called the RSPCA because they want to get rid of their pets is up by 52 per cent.
With the increase in workload, the charity also expects to struggle with a reduction in donations as a recession-hit country reigns in its finances.
It says it may have to consider cutting jobs and is calling on the public for support.
Tim Wass, Chief Officer of the RSPCA Inspectorate said: "It is a challenging time for the RSPCA, but more importantly it is a crisis out there for the animals, and it's only because of the public's help that we're able to do what we can."