Breed rescue organisations and coronavirus

Last updated: 25 March 2020

Given the rapidly changing situation, please regularly check the latest government advice and continually assess your own situation based on this information. The Kennel Club is in regular contact with Defra to keep up-to-date on developments.

The most recent government measures everyone must comply with are:

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

The full guidance on complying with these measures is available on the GOV.UK website:

In this climate we would recommend that where possible those running breed rescues should seriously consider whether they are able to  take on any further dogs or rehome dogs due to the general government guidelines and safety measures whilst the current lockdown is in place.

Reasoning behind these recommendations include;

Due to non essential travel you will not be able to conduct home checks. There are personal safety risks to yourself and others in doing this. This also affects you if you were needed to collect dogs.

You should consider your own capacity before agreeing to take on dogs and also bear in mind you will find it difficult to rehome them presently.

We are expecting further advice and guidance from Defra shortly, and do appreciate that some people may be in the position where due to animal welfare they need to take in dogs but would stress they closely follow government guidelines in social distancing and health and safety if this is the case.

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