Pet insurer Petplan has paid £700,000 in funds to its animal charity partners to support them through the pandemic.
This follows recent research from the Association of Dog and Cat Homes (ADCH) that found a worrying 48% of members did not have funds to ensure they could continue to operate for more than three months.
It also revealed 18% faced the risk of imminent closure due to the impact on fundraising.
In addition, the Petplan Charitable Trust has also contributed vital funds to animal charities thanks to the generosity of Petplan customers. To date £150,000 has been donated to the ADCH Emergency Coronavirus Appeal and another £50,000 donated to the Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund
Kames Barnes, head of sales and partnership at Petplan, said: “Petplan has worked in partnership with the UK’s animal charities for a long time and we’ve seen first-hand the devastating impact Covid-19 is having on their income and the vital funds needed to support the animals in their care.
“By providing this money we are helping charities to navigate the current situation a little more easily.”
Dianna Radford from Sheffield Animal Shelter added: “It’s been an incredibly challenging time these past few months. When Petplan stepped up to support charities like ours, it was a game changer in so many ways – our morale, our faith in others, and the recognition that, like us, Petplan was standing up for animal welfare.”