Dogs Trust donates to ADCH Coronavirus Emergency Fund
How we're supporting animal rescue organisations
We’re really proud to be contributing to the Association of Dog and Cat Homes (ADCH) Emergency Fund – working alongside other charities and partners to provide grants for animal rescue groups in desperate need of financial support.
Like all charities, the animal welfare sector is feeling the consequences of lockdown with the very real threat of many organisations having to close their doors due to lack of funds. The full impact of this crisis on rescue centres is yet to be felt, but many will be under more strain in the coming months, particularly if some others have to close. So it’s even more important for us to join forces to help the nation’s pets and their owners. All charities are feeling the pressure of the Coronavirus crisis and we are no exception as we have suspended many of our fundraising activities. So, we could not be more grateful to everyone who continues to support our work.
More about the Association of Dog and Cat Homes
ADCH is the umbrella body for companion animal rescue organisations. This Emergency Fund comes in response to a survey of rescue and rehoming organisations which revealed that 100% said their income had reduced, 61% said they have reduced staff numbers, 32% had less than three months of income and reserves remaining, some significantly less than this, yet none have shut their doors – they are still carrying out their vital work every day.
Claire Horton, ADCH Chairman, said:
“There are over 1,200 animal rescue and rehoming centres throughout the UK, doing their very best to care for hundreds of thousands of unwanted and abandoned animals each year. Their closure or reduction in capacity would be catastrophic for animal in need but the results of the ADCH survey paint a very worrying picture.
“There has been no let-up in the number of animals these rescues care for, yet their income streams have all but dried up due to cancelled fundraising activities and closure of charity shops. This is an emergency – the very survival of some of these rescues is at stake. The ADCH Coronavirus Emergency Fund is here to provide aid to rescues in immediate crisis and support to others further down the line. Wide-scale pet abandonment could be one big consequence of the coronavirus pandemic if owners struggle to care for their pets financially or can’t cope with them after lockdown. We hope this fund will prevent animal rescue centres from being forced to close their gates and therefore safeguard the welfare of those animals in most urgent need.”
The funds will provide one-off grants of up to £10,000 to cover activities directly affected by coronavirus. Grants will be prioritised for organisations with an annual turnover of £500,000 or less and will help support the cost of food, bedding, cleaning equipment and transportation of animals, as well as additional staff costs as a result of staff and volunteers not being able to attend the rescue or shelter.