DOG AND CAT Breeders:
Updated Guidance from Canine & Feline Sector Group
COVID-19 –ADVICE FOR ANIMAL RELATED BUSINESSES AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES (subject to change depending upon Government Advice)
This guidance seeks to provide pet businesses with clear advice as to how they can comply with the government requirements during the lockdown period.
‘During the coronavirus pandemic because of travel restrictions, it is necessary to allow the breeder to take the puppy or kitten to their new home as collection by the purchaser is restricted.
This is acceptable providing the animal is at least eight weeks of age and any viewing of them with their mother and litter mates can be achieved electronically.
For the duration of the lockdown in these exceptional circumstances the breeder must ensure that when taking the puppy or kitten to a home address that journey times are minimised, preferably less than six hours and that the handover can be achieved whilst maintaining social distancing.
Only puppies or kittens from a single litter going to the same household should be taken in each journey so that personal hygiene for the breeder or transporter can be maintained including hand washing after the drop off that can only be achieved once the breeder has returned home.’
*SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST CONTINUE TO BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES*
*BUYERS SHOULD NEVER SEND ADVANCE DEPOSITS FOR PETS- VIEWINGS MUST BE DONE IN PERSON BEFORE PAYMENT*
*NEVER USE EXTERNAL SHIPPING COMPANIES-PET WELFARE SHOULD COME FIRST*
Freeads has provided a free safe marketplace for rehoming, selling goods, services and connecting local communities for many years. Coronavirus presents a new challenge like none we’ve ever faced as a country before & the wellbeing of our team and our customers are our first priority.
We are a marketplace that facilitates many transactions via face to face introductions and it is with this in mind we want to ensure everyone follows the up to date COVID-19 government guidelines.
Stay at home
Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
Wash your hands regularly throughout the day
Exchange of Goods
It is essential that everyone in the UK abides by these rules so please do not engage in face to face transactions until the government advice makes it clear it is safe to do so.
There will be plenty of time to resume our normal daily life including buying and selling once the crisis has passed.
If you can safely exchange small items through courier collection and delivery then please continue. Make use of video calling where possible and avoid using cash at all times.
We love pets and these are always to be rehomed through face to face meetings. This is crucial because it facilitates: meeting the parents of puppies/kittens, viewing the circumstances under which a pet has been raised, obtaining and checking paperwork & licenses where appropriate. Welfare should always come first.
Therefore until the restrictions are lifted please do not arrange to visit a pet until the government makes it clear that it is safe to do so. This is a temporary pause whilst we navigate the COVID-19 crisis and protect each other to the greatest extent possible. Please be patient, your perfect pet will be waiting for you on the other side and wants you to stay well also.
We recommend you visit the link below regularly in order to see the most current government guidelines.