Covid-19 has had a massive impact on our core animal care team here at Goodheart. We have had to put stringent procedures into place to ensure our essential workers stay safe and healthy and are able to continue caring for our 370 rescued animals.
Some of the challenges they face include:
- Routine tasks are now more challenging and time-consuming, as we must regularly disinfect our tools and equipment to keep everyone safe, while larger tasks requiring two or more staff working closely together are much trickier to carry out when adhering to social distancing measures. This all adds up to mean a tiring day for our hardworking team.
- Our animal carers really are our essential workers, and so if a member of the team becomes sick, we lose them for two weeks as they are unable to work from home. A lack of volunteer support also means more essential work for our staff members.
- Booking veterinary visits and picking up medication has also become more difficult for us. Vets are now based at home rather than at the surgery, meaning we cannot simply walk into our veterinary surgery to pick up medication. With the latest lockdown announced, it may also become harder for us to order things like feed or equipment from our usual suppliers.
- Finally, we have noticed that some of our friendliest animals such as Micky the sheep and Gizmo the pig are missing regular interaction with the public. What with our staff working tirelessly around the clock, sometimes it’s difficult to find time to give each individual animal the fuss and attention they seek.