Although many pets have enjoyed having their owners work from home during lockdown, the pets of key workers had a very different experience, with their owners often working longer hours than they did before the pandemic.
Bella Boo, whose owner was forced to leave her at home whilst she attended regular 12-hour shifts during lockdown, was one of them.
“Bella Boo became extremely lonely and bored without company, which resulted in her experiencing symptoms of anxiety,” says a statement by animal rescue The Mayhew. “he also began to make a lot of noise, and on a few occasions, caused accidental damage to the property.
“Although Bella Boo was well-loved by her owner, lockdown really began to take its toll and their situation sadly became untenable.
“The owner could clearly see that Bella Boo was not happy, and as her own work patterns were not set to change for the foreseeable future, she made the incredibly hard decision to give Bella Boo up and enable her to find a home in which she had more constant companionship.”
Mayhew stepped in, and Bella Boo was placed in their refurbished kennels before she went up for adoption.
Although Bella Boo’s anxiety means she can be shy and nervous around new people, she is “a gentle and friendly dog who forms strong bonds and loves attention”.
“Our Kennels staff have developed a personalised care plan that will help Bella Boo get used to her new lifestyle, and have enjoyed building up her trust since welcoming her into our care,” Mayhew says.
“Our vets have also prescribed Bella Boo some effective medication for her recurring ear infections and incontinence, which we believe can be easily managed; and ensured she is neutered, microchipped and up to date with all of her vaccines and flea and worming treatment.”
They add, “Given Bella Boo’s past history and individual medical and behavioural needs, she is now looking for a forever home with an owner or owners who are around a lot, and who have experience and knowledge of dog ownership.
“In the right environment, Bella Boo is calm and well-behaved, and will show her affectionate side once she has got to know you. She especially enjoys going on walks and spending time outside, although she prefers not to interact with any other dogs.”
If you think you could offer Bella Boo the right home, you can check out her profile Mayhew’s website.
Unfortunately, Bella Boo is neither the first nor the last pet to lose her home due to the Covid crisis. Mayhew estimates that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will affect many more families and owners with pets, and we are working to support as many people and animals as possible. For a donation, visit their website.
Photos by Rowan Williams