Dogs Trust Salisbury adopts coronavirus response plan

Dogs Trust Salisbury adopts coronavirus response plan

Published by Mike Draper at 1:32pm 19th March 2020.

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The canine rescue charity's making 'temporary changes' following Government advice limiting non-essential contact.

WHAT ARE THE CHANGES?

  • Dogs Trust Salisbury will move to appointment-only system from 5pm on Friday 20th March
  • The Newton Tony-based centre will be closed to walk-in members of the public until further notice
  • Charity is no longer taking charity shop goods at rehoming centres or shops to limit unnecessary contact and will advise when receiving new stock again

The UK's largest dog welfare charity, which has 20 rehoming centres across the United Kingdom, has outlined plans to protect the health and wellbeing of its staff and visitors, whilst continuing to carry out the essential work of caring for and rehoming dogs.
 
The charity will also run appointments for people who wish to give up their dog for any reason. People who have a current reservation or are due to collect their new family member will not be affected and can contact their local centre by phone if they have any questions.

FURTHER ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED

  • Dogs Trust is also postponing all non-essential community events
  • It has suspended Dog School training classes, for the time being
  • DO NOT donate any pre-loved items to the charity's rehoming centre or nearest charity shop in person, until further notice
Dogs Trust Shop on Crane Street in Salisbury.
Those wishing to donate any pre-loved items to the charity are asked NOT to bring donations to the rehoming centre or nearest charity shop in person, until further notice.

The charity's staff will be limiting all unnecessary social interaction, practising frequent hand washing with soap and sanitiser, and visitors will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before and during their visit.  

David Franklin, Regional Manager at Dogs Trust, said:

"The health and wellbeing of our staff and our local communities is of paramount importance to us. We will continue to monitor and follow advice from the Government and are doing what we can to limit non-essential travel and contact."

"We need to continue our essential work of caring for and rehoming as many dogs as we can in a way that aims to protect everyone involved in the process. That's why we will be closing our centres to walk-in members of the public from Saturday but continuing to offer people opportunities to adopt a dog by appointment only."

"If you feel unwell or are experiencing any symptoms, or if you or a family member are self-isolating, we ask that you please don't attend your appointment but call us so we can work out the next steps for you."

A DOG'S LIFE: WORK FROM HOME & SOCIAL DISTANCING

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