How Borders Pet Rescue is Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Our priority at Borders Pet Rescue is safeguarding the welfare of our staff, volunteers and animals.
We have, therefore, been considering ways in which we can continue to find homes for our animals whilst following the latest government guidelines on social distancing.
Our centre remains closed to the public, but we are pleased to say that we are now able to find some of our animals new homes and admit some animals. We have now put in place a new process to help animals that are most at risk at this time following government approved guidelines and will be prioritising existing applications and customers who live within a short distance of our centre.
The welfare of our staff, volunteers and animals will always be our priority, and we have introduced several measures to help protect both our customers and our staff. These include:
· Any member of the public looking to rehome animals should apply by using our online forms (which can be found here and the centre staff will get back to you as soon as they can).
· 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 a 2-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 online for our rehoming fee.
· Providing ongoing support and advice via telephone and online methods.
The hiring out of Brambles Field continues to be closed to members of the public until further notice. We review this arrangement and related guidelines on a regular basis.
Our charity shops in Duns, Galashiels, Hawick and Kelso continue to be closed until further notice.
Your donations of pre-loved items are essential to our charity. Please, at the moment, hold onto your items and do not leave any at our rescue centre or charity shops. We will keep our website and social media channels updated to let you know when we can start receiving items again.
In addition to the measures, our public events have been postponed for the time being. We were due to hold our Annual Dog show on Saturday 16th May but we are hoping to bring you our first online dog show so please keep a look out on our website or facebook for more information. We were due to draw our raffle that day but we are looking at ways we can continue to sell tickets and draw it later on in the year.
Now, more than ever, Borders Pet Rescue needs funds to enable our charity to continue to be here for animals including those currently being cared for at our centre, those being temporarily fostered, as well as those who will undoubtedly need help over the coming weeks and months.
To help Borders Pet Rescue care for more animals please donate now
In the meantime, stay safe and healthy,
From all at Borders Pet Rescue