THE RSPCA will continue to rehome rescue animals on a delivery basis during the ongoing lockdown.

The animal welfare charity, which has an Animal Centre in Ringwood, has said that pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and other small furry animals will remain available for adoption as its centres switch to a virtual rehoming and delivery process.

The charity is utilising a Covid-secure, remote rehoming process.

RSPCA chief executive, Chris Sherwood said: "We are delighted that we will continue to be able to find new homes for animals via a safe - and Covid-secure - remote process.

"Prospective adopters can meet our knowledgeable and friendly centre staff via video call, and discuss whether adding a rescue pet to their household could be the right long-term decision. We know lockdown life is not forever, so it's so important people consider whether they are able to meet the needs of pets for the long term.

"There’s loads to think about - and we’d always urge people to do their research and understand the commitment they’re taking on."

Prospective adopters can speak to RSPCA staff and meet animals via video conferencing and photo sharing - with pets then delivered by an RSPCA staff member once the level of commitment has been discussed, rehoming agreed, and a suitable pet found.

However, the charity continues to urge people to do their research and ensure they understand the long-term commitment of pet adoption; given "lockdown life is not forever".