What We Are Doing to Stay Safe and Healthy COVID-19 has caused us to change the ways we use public spaces to work, live, and play. We must continue thinking about our safety and the safety of others, while we continue to save lives. Our active staff and volunteers have taken a voluntary pledge to follow all DoH Guidance for all Rhode Islanders: o Stay at home if sick o Wear a Mask o 5 or fewer people o Practice social distancing o Practice hygiene best practices o Limit excursions We are encouraging staff, volunteers and adopters to stay home if they are: o Sick (and to report symptoms to RI DoH). o Have been in contact with someone who is sick in the last 14 days. o Have traveled to outside the state in the last 14 days. Our partner, SOS reTAIL, has increased the frequency of regular cleanings and enhanced their disinfection protocols as well as implemented. Click HERE [I need to get you this] to learn more about what SOS reTAIL is doing to continue providing quality pet services and products while maintaining community safety. Encouraging social distancing. Encouraging the use of cloth face covering. We are offering hand sanitizer and disposable gloves at all in-person activities. We are using technology whenever possible to promote social distancing (e.g., virtual adoptions, meetings, phone calls, digital documents and payments, etc). We have cancelled all group events. Whenever possible, we have moved all in-person volunteer activities to be virtual. We are hosting virtual adoption meetings to help continue to make the right matches, as well as limited in-person meetings with pre-screened adopters to further confirm the match. We have adopted a “drive-through” transport pick-up protocol to minimize contact and risk. To help ensure the success of our placements, we have prepared a list of virtual and other training resources available to our adopters during this time. We are posting information about our operations to our social media and website. We continue to monitor state and local public health communications about COVID-19. We continue to educate our employees and volunteers about steps they can take to protect themselves at work and at home, and behavioral changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions, concerns or comments, or would like to give us feedback on our COVID-19 response to help us improve our life-saving efforts, please email us at [email protected].