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RSCPA asks owners to display sign on windows in case they fall ill with C-19

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Following the recent admission of a Skelmersdale man to hospital with Coronavirus, the Society was forced to rescue three dogs and a bird from his address.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 10/04/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31


Now the RSCPA has asked pet owners to fill out a pet care form which instructs next of kin, friends or other relatives to look after their animals in the event of the owner's illness. They are also encouraging owners to post the following sign on their windows, in case they must be hospitalised urgently:


We're encouraging owners to make a plan for their pet during the #Coronavirus outbreak, to make sure animals get the...

Posted by RSPCA (England & Wales) on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pets rescued in time

After the resident from Skelmersdale was taken to Wigan Infirmary, neighbours concerned for the welfare of the animals contacted authorities. The RSPCA was actioned, but officers could not enter the property for 72 hours due to the risk of contamination. According to the Manchester Evening News, the RSPCA monitored the address over the weekend during a period of quarantine.

On Monday 6th April, officers entered the building wearing PPE after being given a key by a neighbour, and rescued two Yorkshire Terriers, a Cairn Terrier-cross and a budgie.

RSPCA urges forward planning

With the rate of deaths from Covid-19 increasing, the RSPCA urges pet owners not to be complacent, and to plan for the unlikely event of their being taken ill.

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The Society told the Manchester Evening News, “In these strange and challenging times it's important to consider what would happen to our pets if we become ill, are hospitalised, or pass away.

“The RSPCA is urging pet owners to take steps to set up a care plan for their pet in the event that they can no longer care for them.

“They should think about who would look after their pets and have a chat with family, friends and neighbours to make sure they're happy to take on this responsibility.

You can download and print your pet care form from the RSCPA website.