A recent survey has found that people are more likely to help animals than homeless people.
Animals came out 3 per cent higher than the homeless in a survey conducted by community volunteering organisation CSV in the run up to Make a Difference Day in October.
When asked which cause they would most like to make a difference to, 77 per cent of the 1,000 respondents interviewed chose disadvantaged children, followed by the terminally ill (67 per cent) and elderly (64 per cent).
The environment and animals were in fourth and fifth place respectively, but only 30 per cent of the respondents said they would help those with a drink or drug addiction. Ex-offenders ranked at the bottom of the poll with just 23 per cent.
The study, which was prepared by Taylor Nelson Sofres, was conducted via a telephone poll.