FRESHFIELDS Animal Rescue have launched their No Animal Left Behind Campaign today (May 13).
In this very human crisis, animals are being forgotten. Many charities have been able to access emergency funding, from government support packages and major emergency fundraising appeals.
None of this funding is available to animal rescues. The animal sanctuary in Ince Blundell have lost almost 50% of their income over the past few weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Helen Stanbury, director of Freshfields, said: “The national response to supporting people is fantastic. However, there is one last piece of the puzzle still to address, and that is animals in rescue specifically. Zoos and aquariums have had access to £14m of emergency government funds yet there is still no support for animals, and people, who depend on the support of their local animal rescue centre.
“We know the economic impact will be long term. We need immediate financial support and for essential animal rescue services to be more valued and better supported, going forwards.
“Animals’ fortunes mirror people’s fortunes. We anticipate that over the coming months many pets will lose their owners, or be given up as a result of increased unemployment, domestic abuse or loss of homes.
“We at Freshfields know that the public care deeply about this issue. Animals are part of our families and our communities. Day after day, they unfailingly give us their love and they are an invaluable support to our mental and physical well-being, especially during these times of isolation and uncertainty.
“It’s time to make some noise and get rescue animal welfare high on the agenda! We need the voices of our fantastic animal-loving local communities to help us influence decision makers, funders, government and others as we strive to ensure there is No Animal Left Behind.”
Sefton Central and Formby Bill Esterson added: “Please support Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre. “Animals are members of our families. For many people pets are vital to their mental wellbeing. So in a crisis, we should support animals as well as people because in the end it helps both. We have two Freshfields cats, Jackson and Frida.
“Without financial support, Freshfields cannot continue to support those animals who are waiting to be adopted. Freshfields do a superb job. In this crisis, we should remember them. Please give generously to No Animal Left Behind."
How can you help? Take a photo of your pet wearing a signboard saying #NoAnimalLeftBehind, and add your pet’s name. Post your pet petition photo on social media, including the Freshfields Animal Rescue Facebook Page and Twitter page @freshfieldsresc with a message encouraging others to do the same. Use the link @freshfieldsrescue and the hashtag #NoAnimalLeftBehind
You can also make an online donation at our website www.freshfields.org.uk or call 0151 931 1604.