Covid 19 & Greyhound Rehoming.

 

Update 16th January 2021

 

WE ARE NOW IN A NATIONAL LOCKDOWN UNTIL AT LEAST MID FEBRUARY, MAYBE END OF MARCH.  THE GOVERNMENT HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT TRAVEL HAS TO BE RESTRICTED TO HELP KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.  THIS MEANS YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN A REASONABLE AND SAFE DRIVING DISTANCE TO ONE OF OUR KEY VOLUNTEERS – YOU CANNOT TRAVEL TO MEET THE DOGS

PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING OUR APPLICATION FORM.  NOT EVERYONE IS ABLE TO ADOPT DURING THIS LOCK DOWN PERIOD. 

We cannot guarantee we can proceed with your application – even in Kent. The situation changes daily and we have to work within the guidance and ONLY if we have volunteers available for viewings and home checks (so not in isolation).  A lot of rescues have closed during lockdown because the additional work /compliance with the rules makes it very difficult to keep going.  We are still rehoming BUT everything takes a lot longer and depends on us having a volunteer available.

Please do not get angry with our volunteers if we have no one available to progress your application.  We are all working as hard as we can to find homes for our dogs – abusing our goodwill is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  We understand people are angry and frustrated but please do not take this out on our volunteers.  If you live 100 miles away – you cannot travel – if you live 300 miles away – you cannot travel – they are government restrictions.  

Once you have completed your application please do not chase us – we will get back to you but we are very busy.

During this latest national lockdown we are severely restricted with what we can and cannot do. Kent is a high infection area and we have a responsibility to help keep people safe.

Please work with us and not against us!

When you submit your application please help us by bearing in mind the following:

  • We are a small team of 6 key volunteers, some of whom are isolating and some of whom have Covid. We have welcomed 52 new dogs into KGR since 20th December and have received 63 rehoming applications between Christmas and 3rd Jan.
  • The good news is our volunteers have been working all over the holidays to clear the backlog. To help us please do not chase, as this just adds to the pressure and delays us further.
  • We are also volunteering within the government guidelines for keeping everyone safe. This means we can only use our key volunteers for home checks which in turn means we must restrict the areas we rehome to.
  • Please read the paragraph below which refers to your location. And remember we do want to find great homes for our dogs – we just need you to work with us and help us.

Key Areas- Kent, East Sussex, Surrey near M25, South Herts, South and East London

If you live in an area mentioned above then your application will receive priority as we can homecheck in your area.  Because of our depleted team and the large number of applications it may still take 2 weeks to call you – but hopefully it will be much quicker.

Please bear with us and do not chase your application.  We will contact you just as quick as we can.

Please remember we may still not be able to progress your application – our volunteers may be off sick, in isolation or high risk and shielding. This changes daily so we just do not know from one day to the next what we can and cannot do.

Other Areas – For Example, West Sussex, Essex, North London

Even though you are not in an area mentioned in our Covid statement, we may be able to progress your application, but we cannot guarantee this.  We do make the location restriction very clear on the dogs’ profile, the application form and even the first few questions of the application.  At each stage we refer you back to this statement to check location.

Please bear in mind it is more difficult for us, so the whole progress will be much slower.  We do not have a key volunteer in your area to home check which means we may only progress once one of our key volunteers is available to travel.  

Please remember we may still not be able to progress your application – our volunteers may be off sick, in isolation or high risk and shielding. This changes daily so we just do not know from one day to the next what we can and cannot do.

We usually rehome all over the UK but for those further afield – in Scotland or Wales for example, you are not allowed to travel from your own area into England and we would not be able to travel to homecheck you.  

It may take 2 to 3 weeks to contact you – please do not chase or contact us to give us further information.  We will contact you and we can do that quicker if we have less emails and calls.

Once the rules change – please come back to us if you are still looking to adopt.  

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.    

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 do have to be mindful of distance from the foster home or kennels 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.

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 no met any young children (because of social distancing).

Can I foster a dog?

Regrettably we cannot currently accept any new fostering applications.  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