Rescue mission works tirelessly to save pets from danger zone
Specialist teams in Whaley Bridge have worked tirelessly with the police to rescue and reunite pets with their owners, following the recent evacuation.
Residents are now returning to the Derbyshire town after nearly a week away from their homes and businesses. Many owners were unable to retrieve their pets when the evacuation order was put in place, after Toddbrook Reservoir’s dam partially collapsed.
Missing pet organisation Animal Search UK began numerous trips into the ‘danger zone’ behind police cordons to feed and rescue pets. Specialist teams went into the area in 15-minute missions, working with Glossop Police, the RSPCA, Pets at Home and residents to reunite hundreds of pets with their owners.
The organisation received nearly 1,000 calls to its 24-hour phone line asking for help or offering assistance.
Many animals were left confused and disorientated by their ordeal. One very distressed owner contacted the service as she was at work during the evacuation and was unable to return for her pet cockatiel and hamster, who were left with little food and water.
When the team gained access to her home, Joey the cockatiel had escaped and was flying around frantically. The search team managed to safely capture and reunite him with his owners.
After spending two days in Whaley Bridge, Animal Search UK has left the area confident that the majority of owners have been able to gain access to put out food and/or rescue their pets. Safety measures have been put in place for cats that may have strayed from home.
The organisation commented: ‘It really has been the most overwhelming experience for everyone within the team, the kindness of all the people who have volunteered their help has been truly incredible.’
Any owners that do not know the whereabouts of their pets should contact Animal Search UK via email, or register the animal as missing on their website. The organisation says it can also assist with locating temporary housing for pets.
Images sourced from Animal Search UK