Changes at Little Irchester animal charity due to coronavirus
Animals In Need has said this is an 'extremely difficult and unprecedented time' for them
A charity which rescues and re-homes hundreds of animals each year has introduced several new measures in light of Covid-19.
Animals In Need in Little Irchester has taken this action to protect its staff, volunteers, members of the public and the animals it cares for following the outbreak of coronavirus.
A statement from the team said: "In response to the latest Government advice we have had to change our operating procedures to protect our staff, volunteers, the public and of course the welfare of the animals in our care.
"With immediate effect we will be stopping all site access to members of the public except volunteers and adopters by appointment only subject to certain restrictions.
"Adoptions will continue for now, but only to homes where no household member is in self-isolation.
"Wildlife casualties will still be admitted but please ring 07527 872476 before coming to the shelter.
"For the time being we will still be re-homing to homes where no-one in the household is self-isolating.
"Please respect this decision and do not lie on your application form.
"The cafe onsite at the shelter will be closed until further notice.
"All fundraising events are postponed until further notice."
Annie Marriott from the charity based at Pine Tree Farm in London Road, Little Irchester, said: "This is an extremely difficult and unprecedented time for our charity.
"Our staff and volunteers are under intense pressure so please remember to be kind when interacting with us.
"Our income will now be virtually non-existent but the workload the same.
"We would be very grateful for any donations to help keep Animals In Need funded - www.justgiving.com/Animals-in-need
"Thank you so much for your patience and understanding."