The RSPCA is on standby to help any owners whose homes have been, or are being, evacuated in Camden over the coming days.
An officer was in the area all day yesterday (SAT) working with Camden Council’s animal welfare team to collect details of all of those who may need assistance, and is keeping in close contact with the council today.
A register was opened up at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, which is one of the locations providing emergency accommodation, and anyone who needs our help can also call us on 0300 1234 999.
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Zenon Brown said: “We spent the day speaking to people, finding out what they need or might need, and reassuring them that both the council’s animal welfare team, and the RSPCA, are available to help, and they don’t have to worry about their pets.
“We had just over 30 pets in need on the list earlier in the day – most of them dogs (15) but also cats (8), birds (2 budgies and 1 cockatiel), hamsters (2), a Guinea pig, three tanks of fish and even a pygmy hedgehog.
“But by the end of the day all of the owners who we had been dealing with were sorted, and it actually wasn’t necessary to bring any of the animals into care.
“We know that not everyone is out of these tower blocks yet though, and that some of that is down to a reluctance to move because of concerns for their much loved and treasured pets, which are of course part of the family.
“We are working closely with the council’s animal welfare team, and stand ready to advise, support and take in any animals that owners evacuated, or facing evacuation, might struggle to look after at this time.
“Pets at Home has offered to assist us in providing anything that’s needed for the animals displaced, and lots of people have been in touch to offer temporary foster homes.”
Anyone interested in helping these families, or other animals already in RSPCA care, can sign up on our website – www.rspca.org.uk/findapet/foster
ACO Brown saw an appeal on the news yesterday morning and, after speaking with the assistant director of the inspectorate, rang the council to offer our help.
The RSPCA has been on standby to assist victims and emergency services if requested since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London but so far, our assistance has not been required.
Our thoughts go out to everyone that has been affected and we remain available to anyone who may need our help in the weeks to come.