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Emergency funding for rescue centres

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By Matthew Limb

Animal rescue centres are being thrown a funding lifeline to avert an animal welfare ‘catastrophe’ from happening under the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) has launched an emergency fund – with one-off grants of up to £10,000 available – to stave off centre closures and maintain vital rescue and rehoming work across the British Isles.

It follows a survey of member organisations that showed many centres facing crisis, amid falls in funding but no let-up in need, which risks wide-scale abandonment of pets.

Claire Horton, ADCH chair, said: ‘Their [charities’] 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.

Their closure or reduction in capacity would be …

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