DEFRA Rehoming Update

Although there have been some changes to DEFRA guidelines relating to rescue centres we have decided not to resume our rehoming process at this time.

The new DEFRA guidelines only allow for ‘virtual’ rehoming which means that there are only online meetings between pet and owner prior to adoption and we feel that this does not allow us to fulfil our duty of care to our animals and their new families. There are also stringent procedures to adhere to at the point of adoption which we feel could be distressing to all involved.

One of our key principals to ensure long term success for each animal we rehome is that physical meetings take place at the Shelter prior to adoption which allow the pet to bond with their potential adopter and vice versa.

With this in mind we do not feel we can effectively carry out a responsible rehoming service until we can safely host these meetings on site. As always the wellbeing of our staff and animals is our top priority.

We look forward to resuming our rehoming services as soon as practically possible. In the meantime, if you would like to offer a forever home to one of our pets, please email one of the following addresses and we will respond when things are back to normal:

dogs@gawa.org.uk
smallanimals@gawa.org.uk
cats@gawa.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

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