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Rescue charity campaigns for emergency government support
Boris and Wilfred were born during lockdown at one of NAWT's shelters.
Animal lovers urged to write to their MPs over coronavirus impact.

Animal lovers are being urged to write to their local MP in a bid to to support rescue and rehoming centres struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The #RescueAnimalRescue campaign is being led by the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT), one of the hundreds of rescue and rehoming centres in the UK facing financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.

“We’ve been hoping the government would support us like it has with zoos and aquariums, but so far nothing has been announced,” commented NAWT CEO Clare Williams. “Like other charities, we rely on raising money from visitors, year-round events and our charity shops, all of which have had to stop during lockdown, meaning a massive drop in income.”

Spearheading the campaign are two kittens named Boris and Wilfred, who were born during lockdown at one of NAWT’s shelters. The charity saved the young brothers after finding their mother straying and living off scraps from bins in a nearby high street.

NAWT fears there will be a spike in unwanted animals once lockdown restrictions are fully lifted, as people’s circumstances at home and at work change.

Clare adds: “We know that the demand for pets has been particularly high. Our centres have been quieter during lockdown but we are fully expecting demand for our services to go up, clashing just at a time when the real impact of the lack of funding will hit.

“It could be a dire situation for animals like Boris and Wilfred because if there are no places for them in rescue, then the responsibility falls to the local authorities. Many of them are already cash-strapped after having to deal with the COVID-crisis. I dread to think what this will mean for unwanted pets in the future.”

NAWT is asking animal lovers to write to their MP urging them to raise the matter with the Chancellor. For more information and to get involved, visit nawt.org.uk/rescue-animal-rescue-contact-your-mp

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VetCT app offered to students and new graduates

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 The VetCT app is being offered for free to students and new veterinary graduates for their first three months in practice. The app provides a service for vets to send case information to a global team of Diploma-holding specialists, who can provide advice and support via instant call-back, text chat, written report, or virtual appointment.

Time on the app is automatically logged as CPD with quarterly certificates being generated for users. Additional services include the ability to book bespoke CPD, significant event reviews, and live training sessions such as surgical procedures.

The app is downloadable for both iOS and Android systems. 

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The webinar will take place on Thursday July 1, from 19.30pm to 21.00pm BST. For free registration and more information visit the Horiba website or register.gotowebinar.com