Our commitment to the mission of DLRR and providing comfort and care to vulnerable labs is as strong as ever. The health, safety, and well-being of our community of volunteers, their loved ones, our labs, and our potential adopters is paramount. The greatest risk of COVID-19 exposure for anyone comes from person-to-person contact. In order to minimize any risk to DLRR volunteers and the public and to help stop the spread of COVID‑19, the Board is implementing the following requirements until further notice.

DLRR In‑Person Activities: 

  1. While conducting or participating in any DLRR in‑person activity, a volunteer must wear a cloth‑based face covering and, whenever possible, practice social distancing.
  2. If a DLRR volunteer or anyone in the volunteer’s home is feeling sick or is exhibiting any symptoms of the COVID‑19 virus, the volunteer should not participate in a DLRR in‑person activity.

Home Visits:

  1. As we begin conducting in-person home visits, if an applicant is not comfortable having a DLRR volunteer inside their home, please let the applicant know that a virtual home visit may be available to them.
  2. If a DLRR volunteer is not comfortable doing in-person home visits, they can refrain from assigning themselves.
  3. DLRR volunteers who conduct in-person home visits will need to take the following extra precautions until further notice from the Board:
    • When explaining the home visit process to the applicant during the initial phone call to schedule, also include that you will be calling the applicant within 24 hours before the scheduled home visit to confirm that no one in the home is currently demonstrating symptoms of the virus or has been diagnosed with the virus.
    • A volunteer is required to cancel a home visit if the volunteer or anyone in the volunteer’s home is feeling sick before the home visit or is exhibiting any symptoms of the COVID‑19 virus.
    • A volunteer is required to wear a cloth‑based face covering during the home visit.
    • A volunteer must wash their hands before and after the home visit or use hand sanitizer if they are unable to wash their hands

Intake of Dogs:

Intake from COVID‑19 homes:

  1. The Board must approve intake before a dog is relinquished to DLRR from a person who is infected with the COVID‑19 virus or a household with an infected person.
  2. A DLRR volunteer will need to take the following extra precautions until further notice from the Board when obtaining a dog from a household with an infected person. The volunteer must do the following:
    • Do not enter the home. The dog should be brought outside to the volunteer.
    • Wear a cloth‑based face covering and gloves.
    • Maintain social distancing as much as possible.
    • Leave the dog’s collar with the previous owner and place a new collar with DLRR tags on the dog.
  3. The dog should be bathed by a groomer with an antibacterial soap before going to a foster or a kennel.
  4. The dog will not be eligible for adoption for seven days after the date of intake.

General Intakes (non-COVID-19 home):

A DLRR volunteer intaking a dog must wear a cloth‑based face covering and, whenever possible, maintain social distancing.

Showings and Adoptions

Showings and adoptions must follow the same protocol as Home Visits above and be held in an outside location. If it is necessary to enter the home to meet other pets or for any other reason, the DLRR volunteer must wear a cloth-based face covering and maintain social distancing as much as possible.

Meet and Greets:

We will not conduct in-person meet and greets until further notice from the Board.

Thank you all for your cooperation with these safety protocols. Questions or concerns can be sent to pres@dlrraz.org.

DLRR Board of Directors,

Patricia, Mary, Janet, Karen A, Karen B, Jane