DEFRA and The Scottish Government approve new guidelines for rehoming

Recent guidance, approved by the English and Scottish Governments, now means that companion animal organisations (including equines) can start to rehome to the public provided they follow certain measures to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.


This will allow vital space to be freed-up for animals in urgent need, however it is essential that the steps outlined in the guidance are followed to protect human and animal health and welfare.

The full guidance has been issued by the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) (full guidance) and The National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) has produced a guidance document specifically to support equine rescue organisations (additional equine guidance) rehome responsibly during these unprecedented times.

Please note that application of the guidance in Wales is pending approval, so we advise our members operating in or travelling to/from Wales to check with their local government if unclear.