A VETS clinic in Olton saw double the numbers of strays brought through the doors last month.
YourVets clinic, which opened in July, saw 40 suspected strays brought in by concerned customers in September, despite the presence of local rehoming centres and animal shelters.
Becky Pratt, practice manager at the newly-opened clinic, said: “We’ve seen a notable rise in the number of people bringing in suspected stray pets.
“It’s difficult to attribute a single cause for this increase but some animal charities believe that the recession is to blame for people not being able to look after their animals any more.”
Following the rise, YourVets is encouraging responsible pet owners to microchip their animals to ensure those that have wandered away from home can be returned to their owners, and not counted amongst the abandoned strays.
YourVets, in Lincoln Road North, have now lowered the cost of microchipping to £12.50 to encourage more people to use the service.