HOMELESS HOUNDS SAVED FROM THE FLOODS
By Ann Evans
Photo courtesy of Dogs Trust
Staff at Dogs Trust Evesham have gone the extra mile to ensure the Rehoming Centre’s homeless hounds remained safe from the rising flood water over the new year period. The Rehoming Centre’s water pumps failed which meant staff had to spend hours bailing water from the kennels during the storm to stop the rising water reaching the dogs. Staff were faced with the prospect of having to relocate hundreds of dogs overnight as the rain kept on falling but fortunately, with all hands on deck they managed to re-route the water away from the kennels.
Emma Bragginton, Dogs Trust Evesham Assistant Manager explains, “The rain suddenly started to come down so quickly and the area just outside the kennels filled up in minutes so it could have been a disaster if we hadn’t managed to bail the water out so quickly. I hadn’t imagined I would see in the New Year knee deep in water but I’m so glad I was there to help and keep the dogs reassured. Many of our dogs didn’t have the best year last year ending up homeless but hopefully the only flooding they will experience in 2016 will be the offer of loving homes flooding in!”
Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has produced the following advice for anyone with concerns relating to the safety of pets during heavy rainfall and flooding.
* If you know of any neighbours, relatives or friends who have pets and might be affected by the flooding then do contact them to offer assistance. When natural disasters and extreme unforeseen events like this take place there are so many things to think about that it is very likely they will need your support.
* If there is any risk to pets kept outside, then if appropriate please bring them indoors. They too will be scared and unsure of the situation and will need reassurance.
* Pet owners should ensure that they know where their pets are at all times and if appropriate then move them to a safer location either inside the house (for example, upstairs) or outside the house (for example, with friends or relatives).
* Please remember that flood water may be contain raw sewage and so often contains all sorts of contamination. Try to keep yourself and your pets out of it as any toxins or bacteria could remain on your pet if swallowed or if they are not bathed properly afterwards – not to mention the fact that you too could also get sick.
* If your dog does get caught in flood water or falls into a flooded area please do not jump in after them as this could put you at risk. Almost all dogs are excellent swimmers and will try to swim out if encouraged to do so. Contact the emergency services or your local authority dog warden who will be able to help.
* If you haven’t already, consider getting your dog microchipped just in case you get separated from your dog.
* If the poor weather is disrupting your dog’s routine because you are unable to exercise them, your dog still needs to be kept active and mentally stimulated. Try using activity toys such as a Kong filled with food so that they can use up some energy playing and ‘exploring’ for food – as well as being distracted from any unsettling sounds.
* If you have been affected by flooding and need someone to care for your dog in the short term please, in the first instance, contact friends and family to see if they can help. If this is not a possibility then please contact your local authority but do be aware that lots of organisations, including local authorities, may also be affected by the flooding and may not be able to offer immediate help. However they should be able to point you in the direction of someone, or another organisation, that can.
If you are interested in offering a dog a loving home please give the Evesham rehoming centre a call on 0300 303 0292. Or visit Dogs Trust website to see the dogs needing loving homes in your area. https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/