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RSPCA to continue helping animals despite COVID-19
"We're having to change the way we work, but please be assured we're doing everything we can to make sure that we get help to the animals most in need." Chris Sherwood.

Reassures pet owners on safety measures

The RSPCA has said that it is continuing to rescue and rehome animals despite the COVID-19 outbreak and has put contingency plans in place in preparation for the weeks and months ahead.

Chief executive, Chris Sherwood, said: "Thanks to our amazing, dedicated and professional team of staff and volunteers, the RSPCA is still rescuing and rehoming animals in these difficult times.

"We're having to change the way we work, but please be assured we're doing everything we can to make sure that we get help to the animals most in need.

"There is a great deal of anxiety, worry and concern at the moment. Being around animals can bring great pleasure, companionship and mental health benefits, so we hope people will draw comfort from spending time with their pets and watching wildlife to help them through the weeks and months ahead."

The RSPCA declared that its national animal centres and hospitals are still working to help and rehome animals, but are restricting public access and implementing extra hygiene measures to protect staff and clients.

Frontline officers are regularly hand washing before and after handling animals, as well as avoiding entering premises and asking people to bring animals to the door where possible.

Much of the RSPCA’s work, including clinics, rehoming centres, charity shops and the 24-hour rescue line relies on volunteers. It confirmed that there may be changes to services due to lower staff numbers than normal and asked for the public’s patience and understanding during this time.

Mr Sherwood concluded: "I would ask for people to bear with us over the coming weeks. It's great to see communities rallying around to support each other during this time and it would be good to see that community spirit extend to local RSPCA animal centres, branches and hospitals."

For more information please visit www.rspca.org.uk

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk