In late March, just a few days after the government announced public lockdown, The Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home received a call from the RSPCA inspectorate requesting that they take in a little elderly dog named Bobby, whose owner had been taken ill with suspected COVID-19.
Bobby was very quiet on arrival and seemed very distressed. The care team at the centre fell head over heels with little Bobby. He was a true gentleman and made friends with all of the dogs he met during his stay. As he was a little older, one of the team fostered him on her days off so he could enjoy some home comforts to put him at ease.
After nearly one month at the rescue centre, they received good news from the RSPCA Inspector. Bobby’s owner was well enough to go home and wanted to be reunited with his little companion just as soon as possible!
Mr Murray, Bobby’s owner said “I didn’t really know what was going on when I was in hospital, last thing I remember was passing out on my floor at home”. Mr Murray had been found on the floor of his home after a worried neighbour alerted the police. He added “I have never felt so ill in all my life, one day you are up and the next you think your days are over!”. “I was in hospital for 5 weeks so when I heard my little Bobby was ok and in good care I was overjoyed”. Now the pair have been reunited Mr Murray wants to do something later this year to help raise awareness and funds for the Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home and the RSPCA Inspectors who have been an incredible support for him.
Bobby was one of the forgotten victims of this current crisis, without vital charities like the Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home who knows what would have happened to Bobby. Most of current emergency funding is directed at those working on the frontline. There are some great charities out there doing some amazing work but animal charities are being overlooked right now.
Charity Spokesperson said ‘” It’s tough out there for everyone and it is becoming harder and harder to raise an income. Fundraising will be hugely affected as we have had to cancel all our spring/summer events and collections. The majority of our income is generated through 10 charity shops which all had to close in March so now we are running at a £30,000 loss each month”
The Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home are unable to rehome animals at the moment and intakes are limited to urgent RSPCA welfare cases and high priority animals. In spite of all this negativity they are working hard to ensure animal welfare is not compromised. The team were delighted that Bobby would once again be with his owner although a few tears were shed when saying goodbye to this wonderful little man they wish Bobby and his owner a very happy and healthy life together. They are all in good spirits despite the challenges Covid-19 brings and are ensuring our animals are all getting the love and care they need and are happy and safe.
If you would like to help other animals like Bobby you can click on the link below or you can contact us at The Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home, Beechmeadow Farm, Elmcote Lane, Cambridge, Glos GL2 7AS.
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