DEFRA approves updated guidelines for animal rescue and rehoming in England

An updated document has been approved to provide guidance for rescue, rehoming centres and organisations that are working in England during the Covid-19 crisis.

 

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDANCE HERE.

The Government has already permitted companion animal rescue and rehoming organisations to remain open throughout the crisis to provide for the ongoing needs of animals in their care. This guidance has now been updated to reflect changes to the restrictions imposed on companion animal rescue and rehoming organisations operating in England by the Government following the publication of its Recovery Strategy.

The guidance is in five sections, covering:
•  The admission (intake) of animals into a rescue environment;
•  The assessment of behaviour of animals whilst in a rescue environment;
• The care of animals whilst in a rescue environment; veterinary care of animals in a rescue environment or to be rehomed;
• The rehoming (adoption) of animals, including temporary placement in a foster home (or equivalent).

We advise our members operating in or travelling to/from Scotland or Wales to check the advice from their relevant government – further information is available here for Scotland, and here for Wales.