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COVID-19

 

COVID UPDATE: 16 OCTOBER 2020: As you are aware local lockdowns are now affecting many areas across the UK and this is having an impact on our rehoming. We have dogs in Tier 2 areas or higher who are now not able to have anyone in to view or assess but also dogs who's new family are in these areas who now cannot be home checked or where dogs can now not be moved as it requires a border crossing. Subsequently, this is slowly bringing all rehoming to a gradual stand still and many of the dogs currently waiting to be rehomed are having to be put "on hold".

Please bear with us, we are guided by strict DEFRA guidelines and are doing everything we can to move as many dogs as possible. This means we are currently concentrating on dogs in areas due to go into lockdown but sadly those now already in an area of lockdown will have to wait until the restrictions are lifted.


PROPOSED COVID PROCEDURE FROM 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

In light of further restrictions put in place by the UK Government and pending official guidance from DEFRA – the following procedures have been revised by Bulldog Rescue Management as of 25 September 2020

It is advised that all volunteers download the NHS Covid 19 app in order for them to know if there is an outbreak in their area and so they are immediately informed if their area is put into lockdown measures or if they come into contact with an infection individual.

AREAS OF LOCK DOWN

Dogs currently within an area of lockdown must either stay or be rehomed within that area (ie not cross the lockdown boundary) OR wait until restrictions are lifted. Volunteers responsible for areas in lockdown will only be permitted to act on behalf of Bulldog Rescue if they are

  1. Covid Symptom Free
  2. Willing to do so (Volunteers will be asked to confirm they are happy to go)
  3. Able to use PPE (ie are not exempt)

Any rehoming or move into foster care within an area of local lockdown can only take place within the lockdown area itself and totally within the guidelines of the local council. Therefore, ALL VOLUNTEERS in areas of lockdown are advised to familiarise themselves with their specific local restrictions as they will be required to act within those boundaries at all times. All rehoming requests will now ask the current owner if they are in an area of local lockdown and ask them to confirm their enforcing council so these details can be checked by our coordinator prior to handing out the job to a volunteer.

Rehoming within the area can go ahead providing there is a volunteer in that area who is well and comfortable to continue to undertake home visits and home checks – UNLESS local restrictions prevent entry into someone’s home (with or without PPE). Volunteers are advised to check if their local restrictions allow for “Charitable Activity” within other peoples homes.

In the event there is no suitable home within a lockdown area, the dog will remain available until the restrictions have been lifted so a home can be sought further afield.

Any dog for rehoming but not yet visited by a volunteer will not be listed until the restriction in that area has been lifted. By not visiting a dog prior to listing essential health and behaviour markers could be missed and subsequently these dogs will be put on hold unless they are a matter of urgent animal welfare.

Cases that have become a situation of urgent animal welfare will fall under Essential Travel and providing a Letter of Authority has been printed and accompanies the volunteer in question can be moved out of the area into foster care or kennels.

It is suggested that the volunteer undertakes a handsfree handover (ie: leaving boot of their vehicle open for the owner to place the dog in themselves) and removes the dog at the other end only if they are wearing the correct PPE (ie gloves and apron minimum) which should be properly disposed of after use.

Dog’s arriving in foster care or at kennels in an area of lockdown must be handled using gloves and preferably also an apron within the first 78 hours of arrival. If possible, they should be bathed shortly after arrival to avoid any cross contamination being carried on the dog from previous owner to the volunteer and in which case once bathed PPE will no longer be required.

Home checks and Home visits can only take place if there is a volunteer within the lock down area willing to undertake a visit into someone’s home and then ONLY if wearing correct PPE (Masks and Gloves minimum) and where local restrictions do not prevent it. Gloves should be disposed of in the correct manner immediately after leaving the property and use of hand sanitiser is essential before heading home.

These guidance are subject to change upon official DEFRA guidelines becoming available.

PPE

All volunteers are required to wear a mask and gloves during all contact with the public. Entry into another person’s home must ONLY be done whilst wearing the appropriate PPE (ie: minimum mask and gloves) and then only in the event that all parties are clear of Covid Symptoms. Gloves should be properly disposed of upon immediate departure from the home and hand sanitiser used before heading home

Gloves and an apron should be worn when handling new dogs both prior to and during any bath given

AREAS NOT CURRENTLY IN LOCKDOWN

Providing the appropriate PPE is used as detailed above movement can continue as normal within areas not currently in local down HOWEVER dogs CANNOT move out of these areas into an area of local lockdown (ie: cross a lockdown border) and in these instances the rehoming will be put on hold until the restrictions are lifted.

These guidance are subject to change upon official DEFRA guidelines becoming available.

THE KENNEL

The kennel is NOT currently in an area of lockdown and therefore visitors can continue to visit on an APPOINTMENT ONLY BASIS. Volunteer dog walkers can continue to attend until such time the area is put into lockdown and then they will no longer be able to enter the kennel area. Social distancing whilst at the kennel must be undertaken at all times by both staff, volunteers and members of the public.

All front of house visitors and staff must wear a mask when interacting and hand sanitiser, gloves and masks are available on the front desk to be used as necessary.

Staff will continue to socially distance but must now also wear a mask if dealing with a member of the public.

These guidance are subject to change upon official DEFRA guidelines becoming available.