The Island’s RSPCA branch will be maintaining its vital animal welfare services during lockdown.
There will be some changes in the way the business at the branch’s animal rescue centre is conducted but the message from the RSPCA is clear – ‘we will be there for any animal in need of help during lockdown’.
Though DEFRA has confirmed that remote rehoming can continue through the second national lockdown, essential centre staff have spent the past few days ensuring as many animals as possible have been safely placed for adoption or fostering prior to new restrictions commencing. There will be no face-to- face contact but suitable animals will be homed in the appropriate locations using virtual processes like conference calls.
The centre itself and the boarding facility Bohemia Boarding will both remain staffed even though the public will not be able to visit.
Suzanne Pugh, branch manager of the Isle of Wight RSPCA, has said:
“We will have to do things differently again given the need to observe restrictions but we will be there for animals in need of our help.
“Our staff and volunteers have been magnificent and I know they will continue to work hard to help us maintain our services in what will be another challenging period for residents and their animal companions.”
However with boarding activity certain to be reduced and the RSPCA having to close its four Island charity shops for lockdown, the organisation is again appealing for support of its emergency appeal. So far, around £29,000 has been raised from generous donations which has proved critical in the RSPCA’s ability to carry on providing services throughout the pandemic so far.
“We have been really moved and are extremely grateful for all the support we have received – it has ensured we will be here to undertake our work throughout the new lockdown and certainly into the new year.
“But as we enter another period of restrictions, our usual fundraising activity will be curtailed and we are once again turning to our wonderful supporters for help.”
Anyone wishing to inquire about adoption can contact the RSPCA on 01983 840287.
If you come across a wounded, distressed or stray animal then please call 0300 1234 999 and for wildlife we ask that they initially be taken to your local veterinary hospital for assessment and we will collect from the hospital once the animal has had a health check by a veterinarian.