Latest statement from Canine Partners on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Canine Partners trainer with a golden retriever and black labrador

Latest statement from Canine Partners on coronavirus (COVID-19)

In these unprecedented times the care of our partners, dogs, volunteers, staff and supporters is our top priority. We are committed to continuing to work with everyone involved with Canine Partners throughout these rapidly changing times.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are continuing to monitor the situation closely, reviewing developments and the latest government and health authority’s advice, as well as by working closely with the other assistance dog charities in ADUK.

Following the government’s restrictions and advice, the following actions are now in place to protect the wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, dogs, and partners:

  • We have now temporarily closed both our Training Centres and all our teams are now working remotely
  • We have postponed all our on-site training courses until further notice
  • All dogs in Advanced Training have been moved out of kennels for the foreseeable future and will stay with volunteers and staff. The majority are staying with their usual weekend fosterer
  • The Advanced Training teams and Dog Welfare Teams will be advising our volunteers on continued training, welfare and health matters  for our dogs by providing them with training programmes to follow and giving regular support via telephone and video conferencing.
  • All face to face visits by our Puppy Satellite and Aftercare staff are postponed indefinitely and the teams will be supporting our Puppy Parents and Partnerships by telephone and using video conferencing to advise on training and welfare

We appreciate this a very concerning and unsettling time and we will continue to do everything we can to support our partners, volunteers, teams and dogs, whilst urging everyone to follow the new government measures.  We will keep these arrangements under constant review.

As we approach our 30th anniversary in June, we know there will be many challenges ahead of us over the coming weeks but we remain committed to the passionate people and amazing dogs that make our vision a reality.

We will regularly update this page and our social media platforms. If you have any questions please get in touch with your named Canine Partners contact in the first instance or email communications@caninepartners.org.uk.

Please continue to follow the public health advice to help prevent coronavirus spreading. You can find up to date information about COVID-19 on the NHS website www.nhs.uk

Thank you for your continued support throughout this difficult and uncertain time.

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Nicola Martin
Chief Executive
Canine Partners

Our BBC Lifeline Appeal will still air on Sunday 29 March on BBC One. Follow us on social media for the lastest updates, including the announcement of our celebrity presenter and the time it will air. Find out more about the appeal here: caninepartners.org.uk/bbclifeline

Comfort in crisis: Leading animal organisations unite to support pets and owners through Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The UK’s best-loved national pet charities and experts, including Canine Partners, have joined forces to offer advice to help owners care for their animals and each other.

The coalition is concerned about conflicting and poor information which is leaving owners confused and anxious and animals potentially at risk.

Please see the graphic below, which gives tips and advice on how to look after your pets while you protect yourself.

Please ensure you contact your named person at Canine Partners directly before making any arrangements or if you have any concerns.