PPCT donates £150,000 to ADCH Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Crisis could prompt 'wide-scale pet abandonment'

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Petplan Charitable Trust has donated £150,000 to the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADHC)  Coronavirus Emergency Fund.

ADCH logoThe ADCH fund has been set up in response to the emerging animal welfare crisis. Applications are invited from charities whose work has been directly affected by the current situation, where rescue and rehoming of dogs and cats is their major focus.

“From the outset of lockdown, it was evident that the dog and cat rescue sector was going to suffer badly,” says the Trust’s Chairman, David Simpson. “Not just from a loss of income but also, critically, from an absence of volunteers who are so integral to the amazing work these charities do.

“It was clear that it required a centralised initiative. The Petplan Charitable Trust was delighted to work alongside the ADCH in helping to set up its Coronavirus Emergency Fund and immediately made a contribution of £150,000.”

David Simpson is jointly chairing the Grant Allocation Committee alongside ADCH Chair and CEO of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Claire Horton.

According to Horton, wide-scale pet abandonment could be one big consequence of the coronavirus pandemic if owners struggle to care for their pets financially or can’t cope with them after lockdown.

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“ADCH is extremely grateful to the Petplan Charitable Trust for its extraordinary generosity, in contributing so significantly to our Emergency Fund,” says Horton.  “This money is needed now more than ever before, as so many rescues are facing financial crisis. All organisations in our sector are predicting a significant loss of income during both 2020 and running well into 2021, as their ability to fundraise, keep the charity shops running and open their shelters to the public have all been severely curtailed.

“The Petplan Charitable Trust has been a long-standing supporter of the rescue and rehoming sector for many years and has donated monies to all manner of important sector projects and organisations both large and small. This support has enabled a great many rescues to continue providing high levels of care to their animals, improve their facilities and to carry out vital work in their local communities that have benefited so many people as well as animals.”

The funds will provide one-off grants of up to £10,000 to cover activities directly affected by coronavirus. Grants will be prioritised for organisations with an annual turnover of £500,000 or less and will help support the cost of food, bedding, cleaning equipment and transportation of animals, as well as additional staff costs as a result of staff and volunteers not being able to attend the rescue or shelter.

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