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Animal owners urged to prepare for flooding
The RSPCA' s water rescue team responded to around 250 calls in 2020.

RSPCA water rescue teams on standby as Storm Christoph approaches.

Animal owners and farmers are being urged to prepare for flooding after flood alerts were issued across England and a major incident was declared in South Yorkshire.

The RSPCA says that its specialist water rescue teams have been put on standby until the end of the week after forecasters warned of widespread flooding resulting from Storm Christoph.

RSPCA water rescue team coordinator Jason Finch said: “Today (Tuesday 19 January) the Environment Agency has issued 17 flood warnings and 121 flood alerts across England and the Met Office issued an amber weather warning for rain across the North, Midlands and East. A major incident has also been declared in South Yorkshire.

“Forecasters are warning that Storm Christoph could bring up to 200mm of rain in parts of the country. This amount of rainfall along with melting snow from previous cold weather could cause flooding so we’re urging pet owners, horse and livestock keepers, and farmers to prepare.

“Planning an escape route before flooding hits can make a big difference if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Flood water can rise very quickly and animals can be extremely vulnerable so it’s really important that we plan ahead for all eventualities.”

RSPCA's water rescue team responded to some 250 calls in 2020 as a result of storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge. The animal welfare charity forms part of Defra’s National Flood Response Team and has around 65 specially trained officers and a fleet of 35 inflatable boats.

Image (C) RSPCA.

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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