Battersea finds new hope for pandemic puppies
BATTERSEA urges dog owners who have to abandon their pets to consider bringing them to the rescue. The charity, which has centers in London, Kent and Berkshire, is keen to support owners who may now be struggling with dogs or puppies brought in during the pandemic.
Many owners saw the lockdown as the perfect opportunity to welcome a new puppy to their family. However, they may now find that they are unable to provide the necessary care for new family members and do not know where to turn for help, fearing relief centers will be overwhelmed.
Nine-week-old Mongrel Stanley was bought from Battersea after her owners found her separation anxiety too much to deal with.
As a young puppy, Stanley was taken in by one of Battersea’s dedicated foster parents, where he was able to gain vital socialization while Battersea matched him with new owners. If his owner hadn’t bought him from a rescue center like Battersea, Stanley’s future might have been very different, but he is now in a loving new home where he is developing into a healthy adult dog. and well balanced thanks to the care and advice provided. by the charity.
Rob Young, operations manager at the Battersea center, said:
“Our advice to anyone who is no longer able to take care of their dog is to make contact. Battersea has been there for every dog and cat for over 160 years, and we continue to be there for owners who may find themselves in a position where they cannot take care of their beloved pets. We currently have many potential owners registered with us looking to give a rescue dog a second chance. This means we are able to find the perfect home for puppies like Stanley, whether they need a little more training and guidance, a busy and active home to keep them occupied, or an environment calmer and calmer to build their confidence.
Battersea also found new homes recently for four-month-old Beagle Trixie and three-month-old Chihuahua crossing Kiwi after their two owners struggled with the responsibilities of training and caring for a puppy.
Like Stanley, Trixie and Kiwi were placed in foster homes before being reunited with their new family after less than a week in Battersea.
“We will remind anyone who is considering having a new pet to do their research before welcoming a puppy into their home; although they look very cute, puppies require a lot of work and attention.
“Fortunately, we have yet to see an influx of puppies arrive in Battersea since the lockdown began. However, we want to encourage anyone who needs to abandon their pet to take them to a rescue center – we will never judge anyone for abandoning a pet, and you can make sure that you give them the best chance of finding one. domestic animal. a happy new home and top quality care.
Battersea has also supported new dog owners throughout the lockdown with their online puppy training courses. Led by Battersea’s team of dog behavior experts, the classes teach owners how to put in the basics to help puppies and teenage dogs grow into confident adult dogs, ready for the end of the lockdown and the back to normal.
If you are having trouble taking care of your dog or cat and are considering relocating them or looking for advice and training information, you can find more information at www.battersea.org.uk.