Dogs Trust Ireland offers foster care service for healthcare workers' pets during Covid-19 crisis
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Dogs Trust Ireland offers foster care service for healthcare workers' pets during Covid-19 crisis

DOGS TRUST are offering healthcare workers temporary foster care for their dogs while they're on the frontline battling coronavirus.

Aimed at workers who might be worried about their pet's wellbeing as they work long shifts at hospital and care centres around the country, the initiative is being set up to offer them "peace of mind".

Some staff members with dogs are suddenly unable to tend to them at all for the majority of the day, due to the lengthy time they're spending at work.

Similarly, those at risk of becoming ill will worry about their doggos, but Dogs Trust appear to have come up with a temporary solution.

They are offering to take in dogs of overworked or ill health staff, where they will provide the animals with the desired amount of exercise and human interaction to keep them happy.

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Dogs Trust executive director Becky Bristow said: "The amount of offers we have received to foster dogs has been truly uplifting for us in these worrying times and we are delighted to now expand our team’s services to assist essential workers.

For those interested in the service, Dogs Trust staff would arrive to collect the dog wearing appropriate PPE and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Dogs Trust Ireland head of operations Karla Dunne added: "As with all dogs in our foster programme, we take great time and care to ensure they are matched with the perfect temporary home for them and their needs and we are delighted that we can now extend this to frontline staff so they can rest assured that their dog will be loved and cared for while they are caring for others or keeping essential services operational."

Frontline workers can learn more about the scheme here.