Times are hard at the moment. Getting out is difficult and getting into the countryside is almost impossible.
Unless you happen to live there.
You may want to go for a virtual walk in the woods while your here.
Just click on the player below. Perhaps close your eyes and think of better days.
It's 30 minutes of tranquility in a time of great stress.
(you may want to read the information on this page as well!)
This information will
be updated from time to time as the situation progresses. Latest update 23rd May
Now restrictions have been relaxed we are working towards normality. We will increase activities once we are sure what normal is.
For the time being we will not be taking in dogs. We use foster/carers and we cannot risk bringing infection into their homes.
We will shortly have a system in place to disinfect dogs coming into our care with the appropriate PPE required
At that point we will be able to assure foster homes that dogs coming in will not be carrying Coronavirus.
We have opened a register of dogs needing to be re-homed. If your situation is not urgent we can place your dog on the list.
Some adoptions are proceeding but only to homes we have visited before the lockdown.
We are taking applications to adopt but home visiting is difficult under current restrictions. Before we can re-home to new clients we need to have a safe means of conducting home visits and meetings with people applying to adopt .
We can now carry out most of our assessments on dogs in our care. These are important. Without these assessments we could not guarantee that a dog was going to the right home or the home was getting the right dog.
We will not take actions that will risk spreading the virus.
Due to a
shortage of volunteers we are running restricted office hours and
between the hours of 2pm and 5pm Mondays and Thursdays.
We are able to offer advice on behavioural issues and take enquiries about taking in or adopting of dogs for following up when conditions allow.
We can offer support for
people with Border Collies who are suffering hardship as a result of
the pandemic. Small grants are available
towards costs of dog food or veterinary care.
Grants depend on the financial circumstances of the applicant, based on evidence they supply.
Successful grants will be paid directly to the supplier of goods or services, i.e. Vets or pet shops, etc.
If you have found one of our dogs
running stray or;
You are a client who has adopted a dog from us and you have an emergency or;
You are someone who is looking after a dog on behalf of a client of ours who has become ill -
please contact us at any time, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
All dogs in our care have been
provided for and are being looked after in our foster homes over this
They are safe.
Please follow NHS advice and keep yourself, and others, safe as well.
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a
serious impact on our fundraising abilities.
All the events we would have attended have been cancelled.
Events where we would have had supporters being sponsored have been cancelled.
We cannot take in or rehome dogs.
Other than voluntary donations, our income streams have dried up but we still have dogs to feed and care for and other outgoings to cover.
Times are difficult for all of us but if you are able to spare something to help us be here after the pandemic, please give a donation.
You can scan the QR Code with your phone or use the form below that.
Under the donation box is some information about the virus, some statements explaining our activities during the crisis and some information about how it can affect peoples relationships with their dogs.
If you can help us, thank you. Either way, please be careful, follow the NHS guidelines and government instructions, look after each other and your faithful friends and stay healthy.
Discovered in the 60's it infects a number of
animal and bird species. One strain that infects humans is HCoV-229E (the common cold).
The strain causing the current pandemic causes a disease called Covid-19.
It attacks the respiratory system in humans causing a form of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
This current strain is known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
It is highly contagious, often debilitating, sometimes very acute and occasionally fatal without the right intervention and care.
The lockdown we are subject to at this time is designed to be an effective intervention against the spread of the disease.
At the moment there is no evidence that domestic companion animals such as dogs and cats can become ill due to exposure to this particular form of Coronavirus but it is possible that any animal exposed to the virus may be able to carry it on their body or in their respiratory track for a limited period of time. At this time the limited period is thought to be 72 hours.
If your dog cannot exercise at home, you should ask
someone outside of your household to walk your dog for you.
All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided. If your pet needs urgent treatment, you must phone the vet to arrange the best approach to meet your pets’ needs.
You may leave your house to exercise once a day and you
should combine this with walking your dog. In doing so, it is
important that you minimise the time spent outside of the home and
remain 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household.
All non-essential trips to vets should be avoided. If your pet needs urgent treatment, you may take them, but must remember to wash your hands and remain 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. You must call the vet before going to see them.
You may also leave your house to provide care or help a vulnerable person. This includes walking a dog for someone who is unable to leave their house because they are self isolating or being shielded. You should remember to wash your hands before and after handling the dog and keep 2 metres away from other people and animals, including when handing over the dog to the owner.
Quarantine the dog for 72hrs, preferably in its own home.
During this time, walk the dog once daily and let it into the garden of the property as many times a day as possible and ensure it has access to water at all times. Feed according to food manufacturers instructions. You may need to restrict the dog to one room.
This would best be a kitchen or utility room where you can put its bed, water bowl and any toys.
Wear a protective suit or old clothing over your normal clothes, a mask or handkerchief over your mouth and nose and disposable gloves when in the house and handling the dog and do not touch any surfaces in the house or the dogs lead, bowls or other items without having previously disinfected them* while still wearing protective items of clothing.
Keep a bin bag by the door you are using and dispose of any single use protective items on the way out. Take off and leave old clothing at the door to put on next time you enter.
When you get back home wash your hands and any exposed skin according to government instructions and make sure you do not touch your face until you have completed this task.
72 hours is up, in theory, any virus contaminating surfaces on the
premises should have died off - but don't take that for granted.
Put on fresh protective clothing and in
particular disposable gloves.
Take the dog outside and shampoo it thoroughly (twice), rinsing copiously between and after shampooing, then towel dry.
Disinfect any item you intend to take home that the dog has been in contact with using an anti viral agent.
This includes, but is not restricted to, bowls, toys, collar and lead.*
If you used old clothing, bin bag all of it and take it home, empty the bag into a washing machine without touching the clothing and wash at 90 degrees along with the towel used to dry the dog. Dispose of the bin bag.
Put any disposable protective clothing etc. in a bin bag, keeping gloves on until last and incinerate if possible.
You may want to incinerate the old cloths instead of washing them. If you cannot, or do not wish to, incinerate any items you need to dispose of you should double bag them and seek advice from your local authority about collection and disposal.
Wash your hands and any skin that was exposed during the above process with soap and warm water making sure that you do not touch your face until you have finished washing.
The dog and disinfected equipment should now be safe to handle and you can take it in and look after it at home.
Make sure you remove and wash
any outer clothing and any exposed skin. Do not touch your face
until you have done this.
If your own dog has also made contact, before removing and washing your outer protective clothing, put on disposable gloves, shampoo your dog thoroughly (twice), rinsing copiously between and after shampooing, then towel dry.
Disinfect or dispose of the dogs collar and lead.*
Remove and wash your outer clothing and any exposed skin. Do not touch your face until you have done this.
It is recommended that any dog that is known to have come into direct contact with a person infected by Coronavirus is quarantined for 72 hours.
Coronavirus cannot be contracted through the skin but may be picked up from infected surfaces by exposed skin. If you think you may have come into contact with a contaminated surface it is important that you do not touch your face until you have thoroughly washed your hands and the exposed skin, following NHS approved methods for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water.
Follow the advice on how to shampoo the dog as given above, but before doing so it is suggested that you -
Minimise your contact with the dog.
disposable gloves and a face mask of some sort when in contact.
Avoid allowing the dog to lick you.
Shampoo as described above. Disinfect the dogs collar and lead. Wash the clothing you are wearing.
Wash your hands after touching the dog or any items it has been in contact with. Do not touch your face until you have done this.
Bear in mind that it is possible to infect yourself or your dog if either of you come into contact with any item that has been infected by the virus. An infected person may touch gate handles or other things you or your dog may also touch.
Currently one exercise session a day is permissible so your dog may be taken with you but bear the above in mind. This virus is very contagious.
This does make it difficult to exercise your dog properly so if
you have a garden or yard, stay at home. Exercise your dog on your
Inconvenient - yes, but people die from Covid-19. If you catch it you may not die but you may pass it on to someone who does.........
If you think your pet is ill, contact your vet
immediately but do not just turn up at the surgery.
Most vets are now taking normal precautions to minimise contact with people and each practice has it's own ways of doing this.
Look on their website or phone them and follow their directions. You can expect to be asked to stay in your car on arrival and phone them to say you are there. They will call you in when your turn comes.
Under these circumstances a vet is unlikely to make a house call and it would be unreasonable of anyone to expect them to. Current movement restrictions allow one person to take a sick animal to a vet.
* Something to bear in mind -
Covid-19 is caused
by a virus - SARS-CoV-2.
Coronavirus will not be eliminated by anti bacterial agents so simple disinfection by an anti bacterial cleaner, spray or wipe will not kill it.
Look for products that state they can kill bacteria AND viruses.
Alcohol based products (60% for hand sanitising or 70% for surface cleaning) are effective but will dry the skin so moisturise afterwards.
Other agents are bleach (dilution level depends on strength) or Hydrogen Peroxide (between 0.5% and 3% solution) but neither of these agents should be used on the skin human body or an animal.
Most effective is vigorous cleaning with soap and water to degrease the skin and wash away any contaminates but it is important to moisturise regularly.
Border Collie Rescue uses a disinfectant called Virkon-S. We have used this product during and since the 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic.
It is a powerful anti viral and anti bacterial agent and is approved for the elimination of Corona Virus strains.
We use it in it's standard 1% solution to wash and disinfect dogs suspected of carrying a viral or bacterial infection and for standard washing of exposed equipment - we disinfected over 200 dogs using Virkon during Foot and Mouth.
We are very careful it does not get into a dogs eyes, nose or mouth that it is thoroughly rinsed off after 3 minutes by two separate soakings of clean water and we only use it on dogs once in every 14 days and then only if appropriate.
None of the dogs we have used it on have shown any adverse or allergic reactions.
During Foot and Mouth the people administering the washes often had some skin exposed to this disinfectant several times in 24 hours. Regular exposure like this did make the skin sore and dry but we felt no adverse reactions after one use.
We are not advocating the use of this product in this way and the manufacturers do not advocate the use of this product in this way.
Here we are speaking only of our own experiences of its use.
Over the 10 months of Foot and Mouth we had no cases of transmitting the disease even though the majority of dogs we took in were from virally infected farms.
We can advocate the use of this product on any equipment suspected of being infected. Soak in a 1% solution for three minutes and rinse off.
If you are interested in adopting a dog from us or have a dog you want us to take in, please contact us on 0845 604 4941 during our current office hours - 2 pm to 5 pm Mondays and Thursdays.
Please do not write to us or email us about adoption - we want to speak to you before we start the process.
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