Wetnose Animal Aid: emergency appeal to help our rescue centres

Rescue centres are struggling to care for pets during the pandemic
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Can it get any worse for our Rescue Centres? Rescues all over UK are closed under strict guidelines, many have little or no volunteers – but the operations and rescues still go ahead 24/7 every week.

Animal Welfare

The UK has entered yet another lockdown and the message from the Government is to stay safe and stay at home.

Animals do not know we are in the middle of pandemic and there are still animals in need of rescue and in need of homes. But the good news is that the Government believes that some are a critical service for animal welfare, so some centres can continue to operate, with limited staff. Many horses are suffering in this wet weather, especially tethered horses.

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Rescue Manager

We are seeing more and more frequently adolescent and older puppies are being sold on pet listings sites with captions explaining that the animals were recently bought, but weren’t a good fit. The majority of these dogs are listed for more than £1,500 with many for £2,500 or higher!

Some of these listings explicitly state that the owners hope to make back the thousands they initially paid for the puppy. We ask that if you see anyone advertising their pet online, that you encourage them to approach a shelter that can do the appropriate checks for new potential owners, and ensure a suitable match is made.

Horse emergency

We all know how hard the pandemic has hit us during 2020 and 2021 in the horse world. There have been more welfare-related calls to equine charities than ever before and together they are very worried that the country faces a horse welfare catastrophe this winter, as restrictions continue to affect us socially and economically.

Horses still need their feet and hooves looked after and of course their teeth as well as good diets, but all this wet weather needs many horses are left in stables or they are left out in the cold and wet rain with no rugs on.


By far the most common reason for a hedgehog to be out in the day time is because they’re extremely sick, and has been so for a while, and this is the last desperate act of a dying animal going into shock, trying to get warmth from the sun.

Purpose: Desperate to get warmth
Position: Always out in the open. On the lawn (or close to your house in winter, often on your doorstep, trying to get to the residue warmth of your house), on the pavement or road (tarmac holds the sun’s heat well, so sick hogs will choose to walk on or lie on the road), in a clearing.

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Behaviour: Out in the open, away from shade and cover. May be running fast, but directionless (sign of pain), running in circles (neurological damage or ear infection), wobbling (severe dehydration), still (curled or on side), or walking seemingly normally, but aimlessly.


If you’re out walking your dog, please don’t let your dog run or chase livestock that maybe around. This applies to seals, sheep, or deer in the parks. Please keep your dogs on the lead.

Wetnose Animal Aid has for 20 years helped many Animal Rescue Centres with funds, equipment, supplies and support; normally we visit many centres in the UK and abroad. Please send a donation via Paypal on our website.
Cheques can be sent to: Wetnose Animal Aid Ltd, 2 Wells Terrace, Bungay Road, Stockton, Norfolk, NR34 0HR.

This is a guest post by Andrea Gamby-Boulger. Want to write for us? Visit www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/essay-submission or email editorial@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk


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