Update on COVID-19
Last updated: 18.03.2020
CHANGES TO OUR SERVICES
With limited capacity at this time we are focusing our resources on the animals in our care.
How this will affect our services:
Offers of support, including foster homes and donations of items:
• We’ve been truly touched by the offers of support we’ve received in these difficult times to ensure our animals remain safe and well. For those supporters that wish to make financial donation and are in a position to do so, donating to our Help Bristol A.R.C. Now Appeal, that would be the best way to help us right now as we will continue to have our day to day running costs, and anticipate increased cost in the coming months. To make a donation online you can do so here: https://www.bristolarc.org.uk/get-involved/help-bristol-arc-now/ or call us on 0117 9803 906. Any amount you are able to give will make a difference – thank you.
Our staff team:
From Wednesday 18 March we will be completely closing to public. This closure includes our Animal Home, Clinic and Admin Office, and will have an effect on the services we are able to run. There are a lot of details for us to work through, and we will update this ASAP. Our priority remains protecting our staff, volunteers, service users, and the general public, and of course the animals in our care. Please keep an eye on this page for further updates. If you have an existing appointment with our Clinic or Animal Centre, we will be in touch. Please note, our Clinic will currently still see emergencies, either existing clients’ pets or ill and injured stray animals and wildlife.As always, the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, the public, and the animals in our care, is first and foremost, and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure we are able to protect their health and safety. This information will be updated as and when necessary, and any major changes to our services will be communicated via our social media channels as well. Bristol Animal Rescue Centre is taking the threat posed by COVID-19 extremely seriously. We have been closely monitoring the ongoing situation and will continue to follow advice from the UK Government. We have also implemented the recommendations of Public Health England across our Rescue Centre, and will continue to ensure that all our animals are being well cared for at all times. All staff members are being extra diligent in terms of self-care and personal hygiene, and are encouraged to self-isolate and call 111 if they experience symptoms, visit a high risk Category 1 zone, or come into contact with anyone they know or suspect may have the virus. We are grateful to everyone for their patience and understanding throughout this period. Further information: Up to date information and advice from the Government can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-i...
Information and advice from the NHS can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19...Coronavirus and pets: Coronavirus is getting more media attention everyday, and we know that some of you will be thinking and worrying about your pets, so we wanted to share some useful links to further information with you.
Can pets catch Coronavirus?The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already issued advice stating there is no evidence that companion animals such as dogs and cats can be infected with COVID-19. The PDSA has an article on their blog titled: 'Can pets catch Coronavirus?' - to read the article in full please click here .There is also a more in depth article on this subject available from Vethelpdirect which can be viewed here.
What about caring for your pet if you're ill or have to self-isolate?The National RSPCA have provided information and advice which can be accessed here