DOGS FOR GOOD – CORONAVIRUS

As at 18 March 2020

The health and wellbeing of both people and dogs is at the heart of all we do at Dogs for Good.

With the potential impact of the spread of coronavirus (COVID19) increasing, and with the UK Government’s new measures advising against all non-essential travel and social contact you will appreciate that we are having to make some decisions about how we can best support our staff, volunteers, assistance dog teams and partnerships and our Family Dog members.  This will mean that we may not be able to support you in our normal way and this will have a direct impact on our face to face meetings and group activities such as puppy classes for our socialisers and Family Dog workshops.  However, it is important to say that support will be available to everyone, but it will be done through the most appropriate medium, for example, two way conversation i.e. telephone, video call etc. 

If you are a volunteer looking after one of our dogs or puppies or if you have an assistance dog, you will find further information in the links below about what you can do to ensure the welfare of your dog.

While inevitably the impact of the next few weeks is going to mean changes for how we work with you, we want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to maintain our strong sense of Dogs for Good community. As well as the contact that you will still be able to have with our staff through telephone and email, we will also be developing information to help support you and your dog during the course of the outbreak.  This will be available in the coming weeks.

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Temporary Boarders


Assistance Dog Partnerships and Teams information

With the potential impact of the spread of coronavirus (COVID19) increasing it is recognised that there are no guarantees that Dogs for Good will be able to visit you or look after your dog should you be in a situation of self-isolation.

As you will appreciate this is a pandemic virus and the facilities at Dogs for Good will be under an increased and unprecedented strain. To this end we may not be able to support you in our normal way or provide our existing services, including our normal home visits.  Support is available, but it will be done through the most appropriate medium, for example, two way conversation i.e. telephone, video call etc.

If you are in self-isolation due to your age or because you are exhibiting symptoms, having your dog with you may well be beneficial to your wellbeing. For these reasons, and for the reasons explained in relation to the potential impact of reduced ability to provide services we would encourage you where possible to keep your dog with you.

We would strongly encourage you to be well prepared for a situation that may occur where you cannot leave your home for any reason in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.

We would again, strongly encourage you to have a well prepared and thought through plan. Here are some suggestions to begin the planning process:

  • What do you have in place if you are taken into hospital? i.e. do you have a poster on the fridge or on the back of your front door with contact information of your support network or the Dogs for Good phone number. Click here to download a poster for our assistance dog partnerships and teams to use.
  • In Case of Emergency (ICE) phone number in place on your mobile or landline phone.
  • Contact your support network to ensure they are still able to help if needed? Do they have contact details for Dogs for Good?
  • Have you considered the dogs’ welfare and wellbeing need?
  • Food, water, relief area, exercise, toys and activities in the home etc.

If you do not have a support network at all and you live alone – Please let your Instructor know.


Puppy Socialisers Information

With the potential impact of the spread of coronavirus (COVID19) increasing it is recognised that there are no guarantees that Dogs for Good will be able to visit you or look after your puppy should you be in a situation of self-isolation.

As you will appreciate this is a pandemic virus and the facilities at Dogs for Good will be under an increased and unprecedented strain. To this end we may not be able to support you in our normal way or provide our existing services, including our normal home visits.  Support is available, but it will be done through the most appropriate medium, for example, two way conversation i.e. telephone, video call etc.

We are aware that the level of socialisation your puppy will receive will be limited.  Our Puppy Coordinators will be in contact with you to talk about other areas of socialisation you could follow with your pup from home.  We want you all to be aware that it is more important to keep you and your puppy safe.

If you are reducing social contact by a process of isolation due to your age or in self-isolation because you are exhibiting symptoms, having your dog with you may well be beneficial to you and your dog. For these reasons, and for the reasons explained in relation to the potential impact of reduced ability to provide services, Dogs for Good would encourage you where possible to keep your dog with you.

So you are prepared for a situation that may occur where you cannot leave your home in relation to the coronavirus outbreak we would ask that you start to think about the following areas –

  • What do you have in place if you are taken into hospital?
  • Do you and your family have our Dogs for Good Emergency Number to keep us informed? 07766255948
  • Before moving a puppy to a new home please contact your Coordinator.
  • Have you considered the dog’s welfare and wellbeing needs?  Food, water, relief area, exercise, toys and activities in the home etc


Additional notes for those of you living alone. 

  • What do you have in place if you are taken into hospital? i.e. do you have a poster on the fridge or on the back of your front door with contact information of your support network or the Dogs for Good phone number. Click here to download a poster for our puppy volunteers
  • In case of emergency (ICE) phone number stored on your mobile or landline phone.
  • Contact your support network to ensure they are still able to help if needed? Do they have contact details for Dogs for Good?
  • If your dog does need to be moved to one of your primary supports, don’t forget to notify Dogs for Good of that movement, via the emergency phone.

Temporary Boarders information

With the potential impact of the spread of coronavirus (COVID19) increasing it is recognised that there are no guarantees that Dogs for Good will be able to visit you or look after your dog or puppy should you be in a situation of self-isolation. As you will appreciate this is a pandemic virus and the facilities at Dogs for Good will be under an increased and unprecedented strain. To this end we may not be able to support you in our normal way or provide our existing services, including our normal home visits.  Support is available, but it will be done through the most appropriate medium, for example, two way conversation i.e. telephone, video call etc.

If you are reducing social contact by a process of isolation due to your age or in self-isolation because you are exhibiting symptoms, having your dog with you may well be beneficial to your wellbeing.   Research suggest that having your dog with you at times when you are under stress or unwell could provide you with additional benefits in relation to your health and wellbeing. For this reason, and for the reasons explained in relation to the potential impact of reduced ability to provide services, Dogs for Good would encourage you where possible to keep your dog with you.

So you are prepared for a situation that may occurs where you cannot leave your home, for any reason in relation to the corona virus outbreak we would ask that you start to think about the following areas –

  • What do you have in place if you are taken into hospital?
  • Do you and your family have Dogs for Good Emergency Number to keep us informed? 07766255948
  • Have you considered the dog’s welfare and wellbeing need?   Food, water, relief area, exercise, toys and activities in the home etc

For those of you living alone:

  • What do you have in place if you are taken into hospital? i.e. do you have a poster on the fridge or on the back of your front door with contact information of your support network or Dogs for Good phone number. Click here to download a link to a poster for our boarder volunteers. 
  • ICE phone number in place on your mobile or landline phone.
  • Contact your support network to ensure they are still able to help if needed? Do they have contact details for Dogs for Good?  07766 255948
  • Have you considered the dogs’ welfare and wellbeing need?Food, water, relief area, exercise, toys and activities in the home etc