The RSPCA is offering free short term pet boarding for flood victims who have been forced to leave them their homes.
Specially trained water rescue teams from the RSPCA have helped rescue both people and animals since the disaster started at the weekend.
We have secured places at kennels and catteries to look after pets of people who have moved into temporary accommodation and can’t take their animals with them
Now that the water appears to be receding and the clean-up has started the organisation is offering pet boarding to people who have been made homeless.
RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “This is a terribly stressful time for people who have lost everything and we want to make life a little bit easier for them.
“We have secured places at kennels and catteries to look after pets of people who have moved into temporary accommodation and can’t take their animals with them.
“Hopefully this will prevent animals being kept in unsuitable conditions and will stop people from staying in damp homes with no power and water because they’ve got nowhere to take their pets.
“We will help people until they get themselves back on their feet and can be reunited with their pets again.”
The short-term boarding is free and available by calling the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.
Since Saturday RSPCA teams have rescued 38 people and 27 animals - eight dogs, nine cats, four rabbits, three chickens and three sheep.
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