The Dogs Trust has announced that it has introduced a “plan of action” to allow its continued operation, after “closely monitoring” the government’s advice regarding coronavirus.
The first measure introduced is the introduction of an appointment-only system for its rehoming centres, effective 21 March.
No walk-in members of the public will be able to access the centre after that date, and those looking to rehome a dog will be asked to call and book an appointment through its contact centre.
Bookings will remain in place for those who are due to take a dog home in the coming days or weeks, though the charity warned there may be a “slight change” in timings as it works to limit staff and visitor interaction.
It assured all staff will practice frequent hand washing, and all visitors will be asked to wash their hands as soon as they arrive for their appointment.
The charity also announced that all of its charity shops would cease trading, effective from today (20 March) at 5pm. The group has asked the public to not leave items for donation at any shops or rehoming centres for the time being. Instead, it “looks forward” to receiving these items when things are “back to normal”.
In addition to these measures, all Dog School classes run by the group have been suspended, and any public events due to take place have been postponed.