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Really need advice on finding emergency care for dog owner may be admitted to hospital today

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Thingstodotoday Wed 25-Nov-15 12:22:51

Hi my friend is having a psychiatric assessment at 4 today and may be admitted to stay. She has asked me to look into temporary care for her dog (4 year old Weimeraner). She mentioned something about temporary RSPCA care? I work all day and live in a block where pets are not allowed so am unable to help out. There is no one else that she can ask. She is central London based.
Any advice would be gratefully received. I'm having the day from hell at work as well so unfortunately don't have much time at the moment to research and ring around but if someone could point me in the right direction that would be great

Macaronipony Wed 25-Nov-15 12:25:02

www.cinnamon.org.uk/ Try the cinnamon trust, they do fostering.

LIZS Wed 25-Nov-15 12:27:25

Ask a local vet if they know of anyone.

Thingstodotoday Wed 25-Nov-15 12:30:07

Thanks will give them a try.

ExitPursuedByABear Wed 25-Nov-15 12:31:33

www.weimaraner-rescue.org.uk/

www.weimaranerclubofgreatbritain.org.uk/index.php/rescue

Worth trying breed specific rescues who might help with temporary fostering.

Thingstodotoday Wed 25-Nov-15 12:33:16

Brilliant thanks Exit.

SanityClause Wed 25-Nov-15 12:34:22

Yes, I was going to suggest the cinnamon trust.

They were able to look after my friend's mother's dog, when she went into a care home, until permanent arrangements could be made.

I hope all is well with your friend.

Thingstodotoday Wed 25-Nov-15 13:24:48

Thanks Sanity. I think she'll be getting the help she needs. She's very worried about the dog. Who is gorgeous by the way. I'd be more than willing to dogsit for a few days if only I could.

vjg13 Wed 25-Nov-15 13:40:02

Would it not be possible to put the dog in kennels for the short term?

Thingstodotoday Wed 25-Nov-15 16:32:39

Yes I think Kennels might be the way forward now. Can anyone recommend one in London that is reachable by bus/tube?

Scuttlebutter Wed 25-Nov-15 18:21:53

If the dog is a rescue, please contact the rescue it came from. I've fostered dogs in exactly these circumstances via their original rescue. It's one of the many benefits of adopting a dog from a rescue that the backup will extend for many years post adoption. I've also known rescues pay for kennel accommodation when they can't find a foster home in these circumstances.

For the love of Dog, DON'T contact the RSPCA - they are very unlikely to accept the dog, and if they do, over 50% of the dogs they take in (even the healthy ones) are killed. Their death rates are horrific and shameful. I would rather a dog faced a Council pound than them. sad angry

BagelSuffragette Wed 25-Nov-15 18:30:13

Perhaps look on FB/web for any local dog walkers? Some will do boarding as well - obviously cost will be an issue but you never know - or they might know of someone who could look after the dog temporarily.

Also, if your friend will be in hospital, could someone live at her place rent-free in return for looking after the dog? I'm sure I saw something ... this

MrEverything Wed 25-Nov-15 20:09:32

Is it likely to be under section? If so, they (the NHS) have a duty to ensure pets are taken care of.

MidLifeCrisis007 Wed 25-Nov-15 20:21:15

I could help out but only till just before Christmas as we are going away. I would not charge.

My dog was put down on Monday. There is a big void in my life that needs filling. I am based in South West London. (SW18).

mrslaughan Wed 25-Nov-15 21:14:41

If she came from a breeder - the breeder may (should) offer respite care - or have within their network someone who can.

MrEverything Wed 25-Nov-15 21:26:42

I hope your friend is OK btw. flowers

MidLifeCrisis007 Thu 26-Nov-15 06:34:27

I hope you got my PM Thingstodotoday. I would love to help out if needed - and as you'll see on other threads on this forum I'm in the process of registering as a volunteer fosterer/walker for the Cinnamon Trust.

Please let your friend know that there is someone who can help out if necessary - and at short notice. It'll give her peace of mind.

Thingstodotoday Thu 26-Nov-15 07:04:26

Thanks to all of you for your advice. I just spoke to the amazing MidLifeCrisis who has agreed to look after Willow. It will be a huge weight off my friend's mind and she can focus on her recovery.

Seriouslyffs Thu 26-Nov-15 07:42:26

flowers
For Things, your friend and the lovely Midlife!

eurochick Thu 26-Nov-15 08:49:31

That's lovely. MN is amazing sometimes.

BagelSuffragette Thu 26-Nov-15 10:23:04

Wonderful offer! So kind and helpful.

I hope it will help your friend a little bit, knowing her dog is safe and cared for while she is getting some help.

Thingstodotoday Thu 26-Nov-15 10:52:05

By way of update, I just waved Willow off safe in the knowledge that she couldn't possibly be in better hands with Midlife. I spoke to my friend and she sounded hugely relieved. The dog is her world and to able to reassure her that I've found Willow an amazing temporary home will help enormously in her recovery I'm sure.

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 26-Nov-15 11:23:13

Yeah. Result!

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 26-Nov-15 11:23:17

Shit. That has actually brought a tear to my eye.

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Thu 26-Nov-15 11:29:48

smile how lovely you are midlife. Enjoy lovely doggy cuddles!!

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