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The Kennel Club announces emergency relief fund
This emergency relief fund will support rescue centres, training clubs and other canine organisations.

Will support canine organisations and rescues affected by COVID-19

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust and The Kennel Club Educational Trust have announced the establishment of an emergency relief fund to support dog rescue centres and organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has stated that it will help organisations in the community, such as rescue centres, which require additional support in order to preserve the welfare of the dogs they care for. Additionally, the Kennel Club Educational Trust will support training clubs that have been negatively affected.

In a statement, the Kennel Club also stated that it is currently exploring funding and support arrangements for clubs and canine societies worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those societies affected by cancellations.

Reverend Bill King, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust said: “The coronavirus pandemic is devastating for so many communities, including all those involved in dogs. Many of those affected run small but incredibly vital and dedicated organisations, clubs and rescues which make a huge difference for dogs, and now urgently need support to be able to survive these unprecedented times.

“We are only as strong as our community and the Kennel Club and its related charities are fortunate to be able to help those hardest hit through this challenging time.”

The Kennel Club and its charities will announce further details, including information on how to apply, shortly.

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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