12-year-old Sharpei crossbreed Cassie has been in the RSPCA’s care since November
Rescue pets in the care of the RSPCA in Wales can be rehomed again for the first time since coronavirus restrictions came into force.
The Welsh Government is now directing animal rescue organisations to new Guidance that has been published by the Animal Welfare Network for Wales, allowing rescue centres and animal welfare organisations to safely find new homes for animals in their care or foster them out to temporary carers.
It is still not permissible to open animal centres in Wales for the public to visit or collect animals, though, due to restrictions on non-essential travel.
As such, the guidance ensures rescue and rehoming centres can safely transport animals to a new home or temporary foster home while adhering to the Welsh Government’s covid-19 restrictions, including steps such as virtual home checks and digital post-adoption support.
The guidance also provides organisations with advice on taking animals into their care, providing appropriate care and delivering any necessary veterinary treatments amid the covid-19 restrictions.
RSPCA Cymru says the guidance is ‘great news’ for the scores of rescue animals currently in its care. The charity’s animal centres at Newport and Bryn-Y-Maen in Upper Colwyn Bay have continued to provide care for 185 animals in recent weeks.