RSPCA issues advice to pet owners and pet businesses
From dog walking and managing pet businesses, to being prepared if you need to go into hospital, the RSPCA has produced advice for pet owners and pet businesses during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The RSPCA has produced guidance on walking dogs for both owners and dog walkers see the link here. For example, all walkers should keep dogs on leads at this time to help ensure social distancing. It also outlines important information for those wishing to support key workers or those who are self-isolating or shielding, by taking their pets out for a walk.
Other animal businesses
The Canine & Feline Sector Group (CFSG) of which the RSPCA is a lead member, in liaison with Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has produced guidance on managing pet businesses and COVID 19 on the CFSG website. The guidance aims to set out how animal businesses should be operating, and what they should be doing to limit risk around the virus. This covers commercial dog and cat boarding, home boarders, dog walkers, groomers, day care and breeding/selling of pets.
How the RSPCA can help
The RSPCA is reviewing its staffing levels and capabilities daily, like many other organisations. From 6th April 2020 it will, temporarily, no longer provide a 24 hour service and will only be taking emergency calls between 7am and 10pm.
They will still be responding to any emergency animal welfare incident and any high priority issue where the animal(s) welfare may be at severe risk. They may also be able to assist with some transport of animals and help vulnerable owners of animals who may need support at this time. If you have a genuine animal welfare emergency situation that you are unable to resolve, please contact them on 0300 123 8007 (7am to 10pm).
Ensuring you're prepared
The RSPCA has produced a poster that can be downloaded and filled in by pet owners so their family/friends/neighbours can be called up to look after their pets if they are hospitalised. This poster should be displayed in a visible place, for example on the fridge, so that the emergency services can see plans have been made.