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New guidance for animal-related businesses in Wales
Dog boarders, daycare centres and groomers are some of the organisations set to benefit from the guidance.
Guidance includes tips on the safe transportation of animals.

The Welsh Government has set out new guidance for animal-related businesses in the country to help them operate again amid the COVID-19 restrictions.

The new guidance from the Animal Welfare Network for Wales will help animal-related businesses operate while meeting Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing protocols.

Dog boarders, daycare centres and groomers are some of the many organisations set to benefit from the guidance, which includes tips on the safe transportation of animals, hygiene measures and conducting safe transactions.

It comes alongside the publication of new Animal Handover Guidance, designed to help businesses maintain social distancing when receiving or handing over animals.

“RSPCA Cymru really welcomes this new guidance - prepared by the Animal Welfare Network for Wales, which the Welsh Government refers queries to,” commented Claire Lawson, RSPCA assistant director for external relations in Wales.

“It will mean many animal-related businesses, including organisations that play a vital role in helping ensure animal welfare and care standards, can operate safely amid ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, social distancing measures and other consequences of this most challenging climate.”

She continued: “With social distancing rules anticipated to be in force for some while to come, this new guidance will help many animal-related businesses operate as safely as possible while providing - in many cases - the services that help ensure many animals are well looked after and remain an integral part of so many of our lives."

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