Covid 19 & Greyhound Rehoming.

Update 1st May 2021

 

The National lockdown has now ended, which means we can now expand our rehoming areas as we are able allowed to travel.

Please think very carefully before applying.  We can only process a limited number of applications so we need you to be 100% committed and sure of your reasons for adopting. If you aren’t, you take the chance away from another family.  

You also need to be ready to adopt, once you reserve a dog and have a fully secure garden.  

We only have a very small rehoming team and we are very busy so please bear with us – we do get back to everyone who applies but there may be a delay.

REHOMING LOCATIONS – NEW AREAS

With the exception of rehoming Riber & Moher TOGETHER we can only accept rehoming applications if you live in:

  • Kent,
  • East Sussex,
  • London
  • Surrey
  • Essex ,  
  • South West,
  • Gloucester,
  • South Herts. 

The reason we cannot currently expand this area is that we can only use KGR key volunteers to do your home check – we cannot currently use your local rescue volunteer or centre.  We have a duty of care, to ensure everyone follows the covid rules and keeps safe and we cannot guarantee that if we use non KGR volunteers.  We are only a very small team and if we are travelling for home checks – we are not processing applications.  

For Riber & Moher – if you want to rehome them together – we will expand the area to anywhere in England or Wales

BUT; Please remember that until May 17th, you are not permitted to stay overnight in a hotel so you will need to camp or have a caravan, for example.  

We still cannot guarantee we can proceed with your application – even in Kent. 

PLEASE NOTE

Our volunteers are all home based, so all adoption applications can be submitted and safely processed using Zoom if and when required.    

To save lives and help stop the spread of Covid 19 – the regulations state we are unable to do traditional style homechecks – which means, in some situations, we will be unable to home dogs.  We maybe unable to enter your home. If we do have to enter, strict protocols will be followed.

  • We now ask you to submit a video of your garden and property to us to reduce the amount of time spent at the home check.  This is to keep everyone safe.  Once you have reserved a dog we will then verify the video – this is similar to a homecheck but we do the talking over the phone and then do a socially distanced check.
  • 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.
  • Each case is different so we will explain how we will proceed with your application once we call you.
  • 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.

What else do I need to know?

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 practice good social distancing at all times.

Because of social distancing, it is also very difficult 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 noT met any young children (because of social distancing).

Can I foster a dog?

We currently accepting  new fostering applications but you must meet certain criteria.  We cannot process applications if you do not.

  • You MUST live in Kent.
  • No cats or children as our dogs are not assessed.
  • You must have a secure garden.
  • The only dogs needing foster homes are Tyrone, Popeye, Forte, Finn and Jeremy.

We understand people are often off work and looking to help so we would ask you check back as this may change as the rules change.

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 kennelling and vet bills.  The funding for this mainly comes from adoption donations and our events (which have cancelled through to at least Summer 2021).  So, we have no event 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 

By paypal:

using the friends and family option – and address info@kentgreyhoundrescue.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.

Going forward?

We do not know how long the regulations will stay in place and we have no control over the current situation

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