Like all of you, Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue is carrying on despite the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak and related shelter-in-place restrictions. Our many volunteers are busy taking care of their own personal lives, families, jobs, and businesses… while still trying to rescue dogs, foster dogs, and transport dogs, and find these wonderful dogs new forever homes. Shelter-in-place guidelines reduce our abilities to perform in-person activities. While we remain committed to rescuing and re-homing Labs in need, we must honor those protocols designed to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19. We want to keep our volunteers, our fosters, our adopters, and our animal shelter rescue partners safe and healthy. We are blessed to have many volunteers step forward and offer to foster dogs in this time of need – thank you! As always, our ability to take dogs into our program is dependent on the capacity and abilities of our fabulous fosters.
Many animal shelters have closed to the public and are not adopting any dogs out, but are still taking in stray dogs and some owner-surrender dogs. This may create capacity challenges at these shelters. Many shelters have fostered out their existing dogs to increase their capacity. We will remain in contact with animal shelter rescue coordinators and others to identify any Labs that show up at shelters that need rescuing. The last thing we want to see is for an adoptable Lab to be at risk at a shelter.
During the COVID-19 crisis, particularly during the shelter-in-place period, we will conduct as much Lab Rescue business via telephone, text, email, video teleconference, and social media as we can. To that end we have implemented the following protocols:
Note: According to the CDC - “At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. We are still learning about this virus, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations.” CDC Bulletin. The World Health Organization also currently advises that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.
Silver lining! Our dogs sure appreciate all this unexpected time they are getting to spend with their humans. We should all take full advantage of this opportunity to enjoy time with our dogs. Belly rubs, ear scratches, long walks on leash with proper social distancing, and backyard fetch action are definitely stress relievers for us all.