CAN you give a loving home to a cat or a guinea pig?
The team at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary on Sandly Lane in Holmeswood have revealed that they are now allowed to re-home animals through a new process during the coronavirus lockdown.
The re-homing of cats and guinea-pigs had ceased in line with government guidelines. However, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DERFA) have now released updated guidelines, which allow Woodlands to once again rehome animals, albeit through a slightly altered process, which still adheres to social distancing guidelines.
Their comprehensive, three stage system is still in place, to ensure the best match between the fosterer and their new furry friend. However, it now complies with social distancing rules.
A spokesperson for Woodlands said: “As always, cats and guinea pigs will be up to date with vaccinations, worming, flea treatments and will have been spayed/neutered as well as having been given the all clear from their veterinary surgeon prior to being re-homed.
“You are also able to get four weeks’ free insurance with Pet Plan for cats. For cats, there is a request to purchase a bag of the litter and food that the cat or kitten is used to, in order to help the transition period to go as smoothly as possible. Again, this will all be done in in line with government guidelines.
“We currently have 20 kittens already this season, along with 20 cats varying in age (not all of these cats and kittens are currently ready to be re-homed, but will be in time) and so this change in guidelines is very welcomed by their team, because once our pens are full, we are unable to take in any more cats or guinea pigs who may need our help.
“If you were thinking of introducing a furbaby to your home, then now is in fact a superb time to do it, due to the time we are having to spend there. However, welcoming a furbaby into your life, is a very big commitment - and will long outlast this lockdown. So Woodlands are asking you to consider this seriously and fully, and to only apply if you are certain it is something you want in your life for years to come whether we are in lockdown or not.”
To find out more, go to https://www.woodlandsanimalsanctuary.org.uk/rehome/rehoming-during-quarantine