Battersea starts rehoming dogs and cats following Government approved guidelines
23 April 2020
At Battersea our priority is safeguarding the welfare of our staff, volunteers and animals. We have hundreds of dogs and cats in our care seeking loving owners, and we know there are very many people wanting nothing more than to open their doors to a lifelong companion. So together with other animal rescue charities we have been looking at ways in which we can continue to find homes for our animals whilst following the latest Government guidelines on social distancing.
Our centres remain closed to the public but we’re pleased to say we are now in a position to rehome our dogs and cats following Government approved guidelines, and will be prioritising existing applications and customers who live within a short distance of our three centres to try and match as many of our animals as we can with new owners.
The welfare of our staff, volunteers, and our animals will always be our priority, and we have introduced a number of measures to help protect both our customers and our staff. These include:
- Introducing dogs and cats to potential new owners using video calling and recorded footage of our animals so owners can get to know them better and ask our staff questions.
- Around 160 of our dogs and cats are in temporary foster homes and so we are able to give potential owners a lot of information on how our dogs and cats behave in a normal home environment.
- Assessing the suitability of any new home using photos and video walk throughs.
- Delivering animals to their new homes in a secure way which allows new owners to meet their new pet whilst maintaining at least a two-metre distance.
- Cats can be delivered to their new owners in cat carriers, whilst dogs can be handed over in gardens and secure outdoor spaces such as dog walking fields whilst maintaining a 2-metre distance.
- Taking card payment over the phone for our rehoming fee.
- Providing ongoing support and advice via our free behaviour advice line.
Now more than ever Battersea need funds to enable our charity to continue to be here for every dog and cat. Not just the dogs and cats being cared for at our centres, or the many more on temporary foster with dedicated volunteers, but those who will undoubtedly need help over the coming weeks and months. To help Battersea care for more dogs and cats, visit http://donate.battersea.org.uk.