Pet ownership is soaring in popularity, as we treasure the joy and comfort our furry pals bring. Looking to the future, we anticipate that animal welfare charities like ours will be doing more community work, which is why we’re looking to raise £50,000 for a Pet Care in the Community scheme.
Currently, our rehoming centres offer a service to people who can no longer responsibly care for their pet, by allowing those people to relinquish their pet safely into our care. However, saying goodbye to a beloved companion can be really distressing for both pets and their owners.
For example, some pet owners sadly have to relinquish a pet because due to ill health, they are no longer able to walk their dog, clean out their cat’s litter tray, or feed their pet. Their pet may be their only real companion. This new initiative will help people and their pets stay together.
Pet Care in the Community will aim to provide practical help such as a dog walking, pet feeding, and litter tray cleaning service. It will also offer a short-term fostering service to pet owners who find themselves facing a hospital stay, and have no one to look after their beloved pet.
Moreover, Pet Care in the Community will extend to providing transportation help for pet owners, who are struggling to get to veterinary appointments and other essential pet care, such as grooming.
Pet Care in the Community will initially serve the areas close to our five centres but ultimately, as more volunteers are recruited, it is hoped that it will be rolled out further afield. We aim to help a variety of elderly, sick, vulnerable, and disadvantaged people.
As we learn to manage life in the wake of the pandemic, animal welfare charities like us are likely to be called upon to provide more support directly to pets and their owners in their homes. We’re trying to establish what this support might look like, so please take part in our survey.
The feedback you give will help us to shape a project that offers the most vital services to the people most in need.
BECOME A PLEDGER:
If you are planning to donate £100 or more to NAWT over Christmas time, then please consider making a pledge promise to our Pet Care in the Community campaign. It could mean that your pledge becomes worth four times the original amount at no extra cost to you:
You make a pledge of £100 = £100 donation
Petplan Charitable Trust matches your pledge of £100 = £200 donation
Other donors match those combined pledges in ‘Double Donation’ week from 30th November (Giving Tuesday) to 7th December = £400 donation
Find out more information in our Pledgers FAQ, and if you’re interested in becoming a Pledger, please download the form below:
Find out more about the great work Petplan Charitable Trust do at https://petplancharitabletrust.org.uk