Some 6,500 pets were left at RSPCA centres in 2006 and that figure rose by 40% this year and continues to rise. I believe that the great British public should be more aware of dogs and cats languishing in rescue centres, before they purchase their new kitten or puppy. If the demand is not there, the breeders will soon loose interest, so WE must take some responsibility. It is not just mixed breeds that are thrown onto the streets, each breed has their own rescue organisation and do great work trying to re-home pets in their care. With the new Animal Welfare Act now in force - which means owners are legally obliged to find out about their pet's particular needs and care for it properly - it is hoped more people will consider the full responsibility they are taking on before getting an animal.