A dog rescue centre is appealing for canine foster homes to look after the pets of people who need to recover from COVID-19.
Karen Fairclough, founder of Until Every Dog has a Home in Garmond, near Turriff, jas urged people to offer their homes to pooches with unwell owners.
She believes people may refuse hospital treatment and struggle to recover while coping with a dog, particularly the elderly during the coronavirus situation.
By creating a network of suitable homes for these dogs, she believes it could also help in the future for people involved in medical emergencies.
Ms Fairclough said: “We wanted to help with the current situation but with only one kennel space and limited time, we thought that organising this would be a better way to assist in these terrifying times.
“The conflict between receiving medical treatment and having to leave your pets to receive it is very common.
“I hear about it a lot and I really feel for these people because I’ve been in that situation myself, having to refuse medical help because I simply can’t be away from the dogs – who would care for them?
“It’s tough mentally and physically for many people struggling alone so we, as a rescue and a local professional wanted to let people know that now more than ever, they don’t have to struggle alone as there’s emergency temporary homes available.
“But we can’t do this without people opening up their homes and hearts to both the dogs and their human guardians who need help. It’s time for people to pull together.”
Her idea is to have a list of vetted homes for dogs to go to when their owners need emergency treatment.
People should look at the guidelines on the Until Every Dog has a Home website or Facebook page and contact them directly.