Covid 19 & Greyhound Rehoming.
PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING OUR APPLICATION FORM. NOT EVERYONE IS ABLE TO ADOPT DURING THIS LOCK DOWN PERIOD.
The good news is – the restrictions are partly lifted – the only real problem we currently have is location. To keep everyone safe we can only use our own verified home checkers and they can only homecheck in Kent, East Sussex, London, South Hertfordshire. We have decided to work within the current covid framework until further notice – to ensure everyone is protected.
This is a really difficult time for KGR. We have to balance adhering to the regulations with looking after the animals in our care and keeping our volunteers safe. Please work with us and not against us. Not everyone will be able to adopt, so you need to check before completing the form.
Our response time has now been changed to 2 weeks because we are inundated with applications. Our small volunteer team has received 155 applications in the past 5 weeks – that is as many as we normally get in 6 months. Please DO NOT chase your application as this just increases our workload. We will be in touch as soon as we can.
The guidance has been updated as at 21st April 2020. The new guidance has been agreed with DEFRA and the Government. It is a practical working solution, which follows the strict guidance on social distancing and essential travel.
Can I still adopt a dog?
Our volunteers are all home based, so all adoption applications can be submitted and safely processed using Zoom if and when required. PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU CAN COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS. WE NEED YOU TO FULLY COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM, INCLUDING YOUR LOCATION. IF YOU DO NOT STATE YOUR LOCATION YOU WILL DELAY OUR RESPONSE.
- To save lives and help stop the spread of Corvid 19 – the regulations state we are unable to do homechecks – which means, in some situations, we will be unable to home dogs.
- However in certain circumstances, especially if we can access your garden without entering your home – we can use technology to overcome some of the issues. This also depends on your location, so please check below.
- If you already have a KGR dog and we do not have to homecheck you then please just email us and let us know which dog you are interested in.
Please note we cannot guarantee we will be able to proceed with your application as we MUST adhere to the rules.
Which locations do KGR currently rehome to?
We do have to be mindful of distance from the foster home to the actual home so we would encourage you to look at suitable dogs near to where you live. We state the location of the foster home on the homing profile.
Reasonable distance does mean you will have to live within the Kent, East Sussex, London, or Herts to adopt during the Corvid 19 restrictions. We hope to relax this restriction as soon as we are allowed to.
The general public cannot visit kennels.
We will ask you to confirm that no member of your family, living at the property, is showing signs of having CV19.
We will arrange a pre agreed time in advance and practise good social distancing at all times.
Because of social distancing, it is also impossible for us to cat test or assess our dogs with other dogs.
All of our dogs have arrived direct from the racing industry. They have no experience of living in a home and they have no met any young children (because of social distancing).
We fully understand how disappointing this is for you – it is devastating for us as a charity – but it is the law, it saves lives and we all have to respect this.
Can I foster a dog?
Unless you already have a KGR dog, then regrettably the answer is no, for the reasons outlined above.
Can I dog walk at the kennels?
All activity at the kennels has ceased for all but essential key volunteers. All of our dogs are safe, happy and well looked after.
What does this mean for KGR?
We are all volunteers so we have no staff costs to pay. However, we do spend a huge amount of money each year on both kenneling and vet bills. The funding for this mainly comes from adoption donations (which have now stopped) and our events (which have cancelled through to at least August) – so we have no donation income for the foreseeable future. There are no government grants available for animal charities.
How can I help KGR?
Our online shop is still open – we can run this safely. We sell lots of dogs toys to keep your dog occupied and all profits from the shop (which is run by our volunteers) will help us pay our bills whilst we are unable to fundraise.
If you are having a sort out and have items to sell – then you can do this on ebay and donates some or all of the proceeds to us.
If you are shopping online please select KGR as your chosen charity with Amazon Smile and Easyfundraising.
Or you can donate to us
using the friends and family option – and address email@example.com
By post to:
Kent Greyhound Rescue, New Pound Farm House, Newington, Kent. CT18 8AU.
Or into our bank account
HSBC – Kent Greyhound Rescue
Account Number 51597086
Sort Code 40 21 15
If you do donate please complete the gift aid form.
We do not know how long the regulations will stay in place and we have no control over the current situation – please bear this in mind when you talk to our volunteers – we will not tolerate any form of abuse or harassment because we cannot bend the rules to suit. Our volunteers do not deserve to be on the receiving end of your frustrations.
We are working very hard behind the scenes to make sure our dogs are well looked after and that as far as we can – we have business as normal. We are also working hard to bring all the administration, governance and accounts forward so when we reopen we can just concentrate on the dogs.
If you have a KGR dog and you are struggling because of illness or incapacity please do contact us – we are here to help you.
Once the regulations are relaxed we will be back – in the meantime you can keep in touch and receive regular updates through our facebook page and our Instagram account.
Stay safe – and we will see you all soon.
The KGR Volunteer Team