As at 20 April 2020

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

As the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to impact on all our lives, we want to let you know how we are supporting our staff, volunteers, assistance dog teams, Family Dog members and of course, all the amazing puppies and dogs that we work with.

Fundraise from home

We need your help now more than ever. Click to find out more about our Social Paws virtual fundraisers.

If you have a dog in your life, you’ll know the joy and simple pleasures they can bring to us, especially during these difficult times.  Many of our clients have lower immunity because of their disabilities and are therefore exceptionally vulnerable during this crisis – right now, the support and companionship of their dogs is as important as ever. We are doing all we can to support and reassure them.  Our staff have responded quickly to the new ways of working, ensuring we can continue to support our clients during the lockdown, offering help and advice via telephone, email and video calls.

We used to say ‘imagine if you had not been out of your home for several years’, which is the reality for many of the people we support before our wonderful dogs come into their lives … social isolation is something that many of us are now experiencing first hand.  It hits home even harder how the work we do makes life-changing difference when it enables people to confidently and safely go out, live more independently and with far greater social interactions than they had before.

Impact on our services

Sadly, for the time being, we are not able to place any new assistance dogs with clients. We have also suspended our Community Dog intervention visits and will not restart face to face sessions with clients until it is safe to do so. We have also postponed our Family Dog workshops for the foreseeable future.

Safety of our dogs

While our offices are currently closed, our puppies and dogs-in-training are now safely in the homes of our staff and experienced volunteers, and their training continues to prepare them for their future roles. We had a new influx of gorgeous puppies just before the coronavirus shut down. These puppies are out with their puppy socialisers beginning their journeys to become life-changing dogs. Our volunteers are doing an amazing job looking after all our dogs, with lots of activities to help continue to support their training and give them lots of enrichment both mentally and physically. Our training staff are also giving lots of support remotely with training videos, fun challenges and behavioural advice and support to help our pups as they grow. While this is far from ideal environment in which to be socialising our puppies, we will do everything we can to help our dogs to thrive.

Impact on fundraising

We are very grateful to the many people who are supporting us in terms of fundraising and raising awareness and we will continue in our mission to help as many people through the power of dogs as soon as we are able.  While many of our events and activities that raise vital funds for us have had to be postponed, there are lots of ways you can still get involved to help us, from taking a part in one of our Social Paws virtual events, making a donation online or simply by sharing our stories on social media.  Your support is more vital to us than ever as we face a loss of fundraising income over the forthcoming months.