It’s hard to remember a time before the Coronavirus outbreak; when news outlets and social media platforms weren’t dominated by the latest updates and reports of the virus as it sweeps the globe.
Fortunately for us, health authorities have issued daily advice on how to protect ourselves. But what do these uncertain times mean for our four-legged friends?
In amongst the confusion, fears and yes, misinformation, are the animals that depend on us. Whether In the family home, on the farm or animal rescue centres scattered across the country, our beloved pets also need our support.
In times of trouble……
The World Health Organisation has stated there is no evidence of domestic animals spreading Coronavirus or being a source of infection. The RSPCA is urging people ‘not to panic and not to abandon their pets.’ when more and more people commit to social distancing, and the growing numbers of cases rise in the UK.
By simply taking a few extra precautions, this can make caring for your pet easier during this difficult time.
These are some quick and easy steps that you can apply when caring for your own pets at home. But what about those who are waiting for a home?
Many animal rescue and re-homing centres have been directly impacted by the outbreak. The significant decrease in staff and volunteers as a result of self-isolation places a huge demand on remaining staff, who work tirelessly to ensure the animals provided with the best care possible.
Charities are also faced with an enormous amount of pressure due to the overwhelming number of dogs and cats currently under their care requiring re-homing, exercising and feeding. There has been an increasing number of pets ended up in charities due to fear and uncertainties the outbreak brought.
We have been approached by a number of animal charities across the country reaching out to us for help. At UKPets, we are as dedicated to our pets as they are to us. They love us unconditionally so let’s not forget to return the love. We are ready to do our utmost to provide support for animal rescue centres across the country. But we need your help.
And I want to make clear that volunteering in the response to Covid-19 is a legitimate reason to travel
– Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs
By doing your bit for your local animal charity, you can make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of animals, whether that be donating food or volunteering at the centre itself.
As we move through these uncertain times, what we are certain of is that community spirit has never been more important than now.