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ADCH and Royal Canin highlight struggling animal rescues
Many animal rescue centres have had to downsize their staffing over the course of the pandemic.
The two companies are raising awareness of the post-lockdown financial struggles in animal welfare.

The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH), is raising awareness of the struggles that animal rescues still face post-lockdown, due to the pandemic.

Alongside Royal Canin, ADCH is highlighting the financial struggles of animal rescues, animal charities, and pet food banks, which saw their income plummet after COVID-19 restrictions limited fundraising opportunities. 

As a representative of 153 animal rescues and charities from over the UK and Ireland, ADCH surveyed its members three separate times over the course of the pandemic, in order to consider the damage done by COVID-19 on the rescue sector. 

The outcome of the surveys suggested that animal rescue centres were losing up to half of their income throughout the pandemic, and several had funding pressures which led to the loss of staff through downsizing. 

Speaking on how ADCH has helped to prevent these rescues from shutting, ADCH chair Giles Webber said: "We knew from our surveys that rescues were finding it difficult with the closure of shelters and outside fundraising events so ADCH immediately set up a grant system that distributed 54 grants to struggling rescues totalling over £300,000.

“Whilst many organisations had to downsize their staff levels, we are delighted that none so far have closed which is testament to their resilience and the hard work of ADCH."

Royal Canin has also assisted in keeping rescues and pet food banks open, by donating £200,000 of pet food to various places across the UK and Ireland. 

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at www.scottishspca.org/veterinarysurgeons 

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