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RSPCA in Surrey forced to close during coronavirus outbreak

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RSPCA in Surrey forced to close during coronavirus outbreak

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:50pm 31st March 2020. (Updated at 8:56am 6th April 2020)

The RSPCA's animal centres in Surrey have had to close to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak, as it appeals for support so that it can continue to help animals in need.

The charity, with centres in Godalming, South Godstone,and Chobham, has cut back on services on government advice as part of efforts to stop the virus spreading.

They are asking the public to contact their helpline only in an emergency - and if you do have to contact them, to be patient as staff numbers are now limited.

Chief executive, Chris Sherwood, thanked staff who are still helping at this time: 

"Despite most of the country staying at home there are still animals which need our help and I'm so incredibly thankful for frontline officers helping animals in emergency situations, our hospital workers for providing emergency treatment and our centre staff and volunteers who are giving love and affection to the hundreds of animals in our care.

"We've taken steps to make sure that we are dealing with emergency cases only so we can play our part in stopping the spread of this virus and safeguard our staff and volunteers.

"We rely on the public's help and we would ask them to only call our helpline in an emergency and visit our website for all other enquiries."

The charity said it has had to stop rehoming and fostering for the time being but will be resuming both once it is safe to do so.

Its charity shops and all 150 RSPCA branches in the UK are closed.

The public is being asked to check their branch's individual website - which you can find here- or social media channels for details of any emergency services.

You can also check out the RSPCA's website for information on how to care for your pet during the coronavirus outbreak.

There is concern about the strain placed on the charity during the coronavirus outbreak.

It has issued an urgent appeal for donations on its website:

"As the Coronavirus crisis intensifies the RSPCA must continue to rescue and care for animals facing shocking cruelty and neglect.

"But our dedicated teams are being stretched to their limit, and the number of animals in our care is set to rise.

"We cannot turn our backs on animal suffering. And we will not. But we urgently need your help to support our frontline teams in the weeks and months ahead."

You can donate here - or call their donation hotline on 0300 1238181.




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