Throghout the Covid-19 pandemic, charities have been struggling for survival as donations dwindled, fundraising events had to be cancelled and charity shops closed.
In April, the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) set up an Emergency Fund to provide support to animal rescues to help get them through the crisis. Every member organisation of ADCH reported a downturn in income, 52 per cent having only reserves for three months and 32 per cent having less than that.
Claire Horton, Chairman of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes said, “There are around 1200 dog and cat rescue organisations across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, a significant number of whose very survival is threatened by the impact of coronavirus.
“The ADCH Emergency Fund has been set up to help these rescues get through this crisis and avert potentially catastrophic consequences for animals in urgent need in the UK.”
Since then, pet food manufacturers and suppliers of animal care products have donated £110,000 worth of food and products to help animal welfare charities keep looking after the animals in their care through the coronavirus crisis.
The donations are being distributed to charities across the country who are members of the ADCH, with larger organisations – including the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Cats Protection and the National Animal Welfare Trust – providing regional collection points for local charities.
Claire says, “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated these vital supplies to help out smaller animal welfare organisations who are struggling at this difficult time.
“Our absolute priority is to do everything we can to make sure animal welfare charities can continue to provide the animals in their care with everything they need until it is time for them to find their forever homes. Thanks to industry partners we have been able to help rescues across the country continue their vital work.”
Pet food manufacturers that contributed emergency food supplies include Mars Petcare, Purina, Naturediet, IAMS, Forthglade and AJM Pet; Pet Remedy provided over £17,000 worth of products, Protectapet contributed security fencing, Animal Courses Direct offered dog first aid webinars and Royal Canin are offered donations of food direct to ADCH members.
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