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Comfort in crisis: Leading animal organisations unite to support pets and owners through Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UK’s best-loved national pet charities and experts join forces to offer advice to help owners care for their animals and each other

The coalition is concerned about conflicting and poor information which is leaving owners confused and anxious and animals potentially at risk. The group has produced a series of colourful graphics giving tips and advice on how to look after your pets while you protect yourself, how to care for pets while social distancing or in self-isolation and how to help others look after their animals. The group are urging pet-owners to share the easy to understand graphics across their networks. These will be also posted on the organisations’ websites - so owners get good, clear advice.

Chris Laurence, chair of the Canine and Feline Sector Group, said: “We are concerned that rapidly changing and conflicting information was leaving pet owners confused and worried. Those of us who work with animals are concerned that this information could leave animals at risk as pets could end up abandoned by anxious families unsure if they pose a risk or how they can care for them in isolation.

“We have come together to reassure people that there is no evidence that pets can get sick from coronavirus so not to panic or worry. We have also written some clear and simple tips about how to continue to care for them through this crisis.

“Like many others, the animal welfare sector is facing huge strain, with reduced staffing, loss of volunteers and pressure on resources. We need to reassure owners with good advice so they can continue to look after their pets and this will help prevent rescue centres being overwhelmed at this challenging time.”

“Pets are a big part of our families and it is important to make sure they stay happy and healthy during these difficult times. Isolation for us can mean some big changes for our pets and they won’t understand why. We hope this advice will help owners help their pets, while looking after themselves too.”

COVID 19 and Pets


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The Animal Behaviour and Training Council

The Animal Behaviour and Training Council

"A Registered Charity"

The Animal Behaviour and Training Council is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies. It is the only animal welfare charity that is primarily concerned with protecting the psychological welfare of animals undergoing training and behaviour activities.

It sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to be an animal trainer, training instructor or animal behaviour therapist, and it maintains the national registers of appropriately qualified animal trainers and animal behaviourists.

It promotes the welfare of animals in their interactions with humans, lobbying for humane methods in training and behaviour modification, and for the education of the animal owning public.

Practitioner Organisations

APBC..
Apdtuk..
Cbts..
International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants....
PACT
Puppy School
Karen Pryor Academy
Dog Knows
FABC

Advisory / Supporting Organisations

BVNA
CCAB
CP
DogsTrust
MDDogs
RWAF
Bluecross
Bvalogo
Bvba
Icaatcare
Nsardalogo
Pdsalogo
Rspcalogo
Pawsi
The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
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Biaza
The British Horse Society
The Horse Trust
Wagtail
World Horse Welfare
Autism dogs
Compass Education and Training
Writtle University College
Society for Companion Animal Studies
The Donkey Sanctuary

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Winchester House
Deane Gate Avenue
Taunton
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