What impact lockdown has had on our pets? Over the previous few months, we have been regularly reminded that these are unpredictable and unusual times, however it isn’t just our lives that have been impacted by Covid-19; the livelihood of our pets have also been disrupted, resulting in inevitable effects on their behaviour.

Animals in Distress is a Salford based animal shelter founded in 1967 aiming to alleviate the suffering of sick and injured animals. The charity offers 24-hour rescue, veterinary treatment, neutering and a micro-chipping scheme for your pets

Animals In Distress is an animal sanctuary located in Irlam.

The charity has run for over 40 years and works with strays, abandoned animals, cruelty cases and road traffic accidents as well as offering long term care to older animals. 


Based in Irlam, the rescue centre has supported many owners during this difficult time

Neglected and Starved. The sanctuary works on nurturing animals who have been abused and neglected. (credit: https://www.animals-in-distress.co.uk/cruelty-pictures )


The disruption that Coronavirus has had on our lives and the lives of our fury friends has been drastic. The economic impact of the pandemic means many pet owners may become unemployed or on furlough possibly resulting in an increase in pets been given to shelters due to financial restrictions placed upon their owners. In addition, the increase in deaths due to pandemic will sadly leave more animals without owners resulting in an increased strain on rescue centres.

For pets such as dogs and cats who rely on their strong relationships they develop with their owners will face a sudden change in environment may lead to behavioural issues in these pets and off course their emotional wellbeing.

The charity finds itself less than a 15 minute drive away from the Manchester and Salford RSPCA .

The charity is just a short minute drive from the RSCPA in Salford (credit: Google Maps)

Both charities aim to protect the lives of animals and support their owners in Salford.

Animals provide their owners with love many, companionship and consistency in uncertain times during hard times. 

The charity aims to provide quick and efficient care for the animals of Salford and with lockdown 2.0 coming into place and the nights becoming increasingly darker and colder, more animals are at risk.

Donations are always gratefully received by Animals in Distress. Pet food; saleable goods for the charity shops or 
even collecting recyclable aluminum cans. These items can be deposited at the sanctuary or any of the charity shops, which are situated at 602 Liverpool Road Irlam M44 5AA and 177 Station Road, Pendlebury M27 8BU.

Animals In Distress 24 hour emergency service can be contacted on 07850 605283.

More information can be found here


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