COVID-19 Updates

March 24, 2020

 

In an abundance of caution and to protect our employees we have decided to implement our shelter-in-place protocol at our Southeast Region Training Center. The dogs will be placed in foster homes and staff will begin working remotely by the end of the day Wednesday.

March 23, 2020

Our South Central Training Center and our North Central Training Center are now under a shelter-in-place order. We have relocated the dogs at these centers to foster homes and have directed staff at these locations to work remotely.

We are doing this in an abundance of caution. There is currently no positive diagnosis on this or any of our campuses. We will continue to collect mail, process donations and ensure the health and safety of our staff and dogs. We’re continuing to monitor activities nationwide.

March 20, 2020

The state of California has issued a shelter-in-place order for the entire sate. We are now relocating the dogs at our Southwest Region Training Center to foster homes and have directed staff at this location to work remotely.

We are doing this in an abundance of caution. There is currently no positive diagnosis on this or any of our campuses. We will continue to collect mail, process donations and ensure the health and safety of our staff and dogs. We’re continuing to monitor activities nationwide.

March 19, 2020

Due to the state of New York’s request for 75% of the workforce to stay home, we are proactively implementing a shelter-in-place response for our Northeast Region Training Center. For this reason, we are relocating our dogs to foster homes and have directed staff at this location to work remotely through April 7, pending further updates.

We are doing this in an abundance of caution. There is currently no positive diagnosis on this or any of our campuses. We will continue to collect mail, process donations and ensure the health and safety of our staff and dogs. We’re continuing to monitor activities nationwide. Stay safe everyone!

March 18, 2020

As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we have another update for you about our Headquarters and Northwest Region location, the Jean and Charles Schulz Training Center. Our local county, as well as many of the surrounding Bay Area counties, has declared a shelter-in-place order. For this reason, we have relocated our dogs and puppies to foster homes and have directed staff at this location to work remotely until April 7, 2020.

We are doing this in an abundance of caution. There is currently no positive diagnosis on this or any of our campuses. We will continue to collect mail, process donations and ensure the health and safety of our staff and dogs. Our other training centers are not affected by this shelter-in-place order, and we continue to monitor activities nationwide.

March 17, 2020

Like all of you, we are working hard to manage the impact of the current pandemic on our employees, graduates and community. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we continue to be committed to the health and safety of our employees and constituents. We are working to take actions that are thoroughly planned and appropriate for all of our locations nationwide. We are relying on the expertise and direction of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as local authorities. We also need to be mindful of impact to the health of our organization; although this is a secondary consideration, it is still an important one. To that end we are taking the following steps, implemented immediately:

  • All optional travel has been suspended.
  • We will no longer allow volunteers or visitors on any campus beginning immediately. This is as much for the safety of our community as our employees.
  • The dog parks at all campuses are closed.
  • We have asked all employees who do not feel well to stay at home. In addition, we’re implementing a rotation to work from home and have authorized employees in the high-risk categories (60 and above, underlying health issue) and those living in the same household with high risk to work from home.
  • We are practicing social distancing for all employees, maintaining a minimal distance of 6 feet and conducting meetings by Skype.
  • We are following all disease prevention actions such as hand washing, wiping down doorknobs, tables and kitchens daily. We are also increasing our cleaning on a weekly basis.

We have canceled all puppy classes and graduate follow-ups and are working to find ways to support these efforts on an online basis. We are revisiting our plans for April and May Team Trainings and puppy matriculation, working to create a plan that is safe and effective. We will continue to update you on these subjects as our plan develops.

As you know, this is a very dynamic situation. We are monitoring all developments closely and will continue to act quickly to protect our employees and community. Our hope is that we can count on your continued support; it is critical in times such as these.

We remain focused on our mission and know that this WILL pass at some point. We will get through this and be a stronger team for it.

Thank you all for your commitment to the mission. Please reach out with any questions.

March 12, 2020

We are taking precautions to limit the effects of COVID-19 on our operations, including canceling or postponing many large group events as well as non-essential activities, including most travel, public campus tours and on-campus large group activities.

We ask that you help us by avoiding visits to our regional campuses if you are sick or exposed to anyone sick. Please be patient with us as we may reschedule some appointments and activities.

Animal Health Updates

At this time, there is NO evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted from dogs to humans or that the virus causes illness in dogs. We recommend the following:

  • As always, when interacting with any dog, be certain to wash hands before and after feeding them, picking up their feces and touching them, particularly if you are feeling ill.
  • Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home (this includes any of our constituents that want to come to our campuses), practice good hygiene with their dog(s) and avoid interacting with other people.
  • For a more comprehensive resource discussing COVID-19 and pets, please click here.

Should you need to contact a regional campus, please call 1-800-572-BARK (2275). We will continue to update this page if and when necessary.

We look forward to being able to see you and serve you in our usual fashion as soon as possible!