These are unprecedented and worrying times for all
of us. And in line with Government advice we have had to make some difficult
decisions in recent days which you may not be fully aware of.
Both of our charity shops are now closed and will
not reopen until the current crisis has passed. These shops, thanks to the
generosity of our supporters and the hard work of the managers and volunteers provided
the main funding stream for the work of the Sanctuary.
We have also had to close the Sanctuary to all
volunteers, visitors and put a stop to any further rehoming. However the dogs
still need to be cared for and our fantastic team have all confirmed that they
will continue to work and look after the wellbeing of the greyhounds at Fen
It is understandable that our owners are concerned
about the possible effect on their dogs should they themselves have to be
Now is the
time to have a conversation with either family or friends to ensure that
somebody is willing and able to care for your dog should your house become
empty. If that is not possible then we understand that many commercial kennels
are still open to accept dogs should the owners be temporarily absent. We would
also advise, particularly if you live alone, that you leave our contact details
in a prominent position so that they would be seen in an emergency.
The Sanctuary has limited spare kennel capacity and
we must keep that available for the dogs who tragically may lose their owners
during this pandemic. It is for that rather sobering reason that we cannot
offer to look after dogs for a period of time whilst their owners recuperate.
Only cases in extremis can this be
To end on a more cheerful note we will endeavour to
place either photos or a short video on our Facebook page weekly so you can see
how the greyhounds are, and if you would like to share any of your photos of
how your greyhounds are coping with social distancing we would love you to add them to our page.
From the F.B.G.S. Board of Trustees