PUBLIC STATEMENT: COVID-19

Last Updated: July 16, 2021

The management and leadership of Pacific Assistance Dogs is wanting to share that we are treating COVID-19 pandemic with seriousness, without unduly restricting the important work PADS is doing.

As an essential service, Pacific Assistance Dogs is operating on an adapted basis, with some staff on reduced hours or working offsite. 

Please note, the following status is subject to change as the situation unfolds (in consultation with Government recommendations):

ABOUT OUR PEOPLE

PADS is taking the following precautions in order to minimize the spread of illness, and to protect the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, clients and supporters:

  • increasing the frequency of cleaning of multi-contact surfaces within our facilities;
  • giving staff the option to take time off, work remotely or self-isolate if they have been exposed or are showing symptoms;
  • Implementing protocols within training programs that leashes and collars are only used by one handler to minimize vector transmission. 

ABOUT OUR DOGS

Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19, nor are they vectors of transmission.

ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS

Applicant Services 

  • We have resumed our normal applicant services process ( however, some program areas are not currently open to applications while we address backlog).

Client Care

  • New Client Team Training: Proceeding as scheduled with essential staff & volunteers only.
  • Client Care: Annual follow-ups have resumed ( with a mix of in person and virtual facilitation depending on the location of the team). PADS staff will continue to actively support client teams remotely (phone, email, teleconference) or in-person.

Volunteer Programs 

  • Volunteer programs are operating with a hybrid model of in-person and online support .

Breeding Program 

The Breeding program has resumed normal operations. The safety of our people and puppies are our utmost concern, and breedings will only be done if there is a volunteer who is comfortable whelping and rearing the litter, whether it is the dog’s regular caretaker, or a different volunteer or staff home.

 

Community Engagement

 All currently booked events have been postponed, and PADS will not be accepting requests for future bookings until further notice.

PADS greatly appreciates the support of our community during this challenging time, this page will be updated on an ongoing basis.  Please feel free to check back for updates as they unfold.

Any questions regarding PADS COVID-19 response should be directed to communications [at] pads [dot] ca

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We have been overwhelmed by those asking how they can help PADS in this time.

Our dogs are well cared for and loved, we have few litters on the ground, but the largest challenge PADS is facing is financial. We’ve had to cancel countless community events each week, as well as our annual Gala.

These events change lives.

We ask that if you are in a position to give—maybe even saving some money on gas and morning coffees as you work from home—we’d be honoured if you chose to share with PADS. Your gift will help ensure we continue to place life-changing dogs.