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 of Directors implemented 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:

Virtual Home Visits will replace in-person Home Visits. Cases in which a Virtual Home Visit is not possible will be put on hold and applicants will be notified of the delay.

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 Intakes 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,

Dan, Kristen, Karen A, Elizabeth, Karen B., Jane