Metro Dogs Daycare & COVID-19

Metro Dogs Current COVID-19 Policies

 

CURRENT UPDATE: August 9, 2020, by Owner, Wendy Harter Effective Immediately.

As we gradually and safely reopened Metro Dogs on May 12th, we are excited to now have our daycare open all 5 weekdays. We continue to implement several safety measures and new procedures in response to COVID-19. Please read the details below.

  • If anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, please do not bring your dog.
  • Daycare open Mondays – Fridays. 
    • We ask that you do NOT bring lunches right now to minimize exposure risk. If your dog has a health reason for a mid-day meal, please discuss it with us. 
    • If you would like to attend on our ‘closed days’, please let us know so we can add you to the wait list and track the demand.
  • Overnight Boarding is open at our sister business, Dog Days, 350 University Ave E, St Paul (Capitol location). If you would like a reservation, please email capitol@dogdaysinc.com
  • Bathing, brushing, nail trims & teeth brushing are available while your dog is attending daycare. Email or call for an appointment.
  • Our check-in and check-out hours are changing for now and will be:
    • Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 9:00am & 4:00pm – 6:30pm
  • At DROP-OFF & PICK-UP please follow the instructions on the signs at our front entry point. We have added a “holding pen” before the front door to allow for more distance in safely exchanging your dog with you. Clients will be removing collars/leashes and keeping them. The signs will walk you thru the details of the process. Please keep 6’ from other clients & dogs while waiting for your turn to enter.
  • Communications: We ask that conversations about your dog’s behavior or needs are discussed over the phone or email to maintain “no contact” between clients and employees. We’ll miss chatting with you! But we must think safety first right now.
  • Payments: We will process your payment using your stored credit card on file. Any questions or needs concerning payments may be emailed to Allison, Office Manager, at stay@metrodogsmn.com as well. 

 

We thank you for all your support during these challenging times.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Wendy Harter & the Metro Dogs Team

 

Response to news of dog with COVID-19

Regarding Dogs & COVID-19

 

Update: May 1, 2020, by Wendy Harter, owner.

Metro Dogs Daycare Response to News of Dog Testing Positive for COVID-19

We are aware of the recent news story of a pug in the U.S. testing positive for COVID-19. The dog lives with a family who first tested positive for COVID-19.  We are concerned about the health and safety of our employees, clients, and pets.  We did our research, and we feel it is safe to continue operating dog daycare and boarding with our new Workplace Preparedness Plan implemented.  The CDC, the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health, and other public health bodies and experts agree on this:  There’s no evidence that animals transmit the virus to humans or have played a role in its spread.  Our Safety Plan includes measures to check the health of each employee upon arrival for each shift.  We continue to request clients who have a COVID-19 positive person in their household not bring their dog to our facility.  The following information is taken from the CDC website (4/30/2020) also helped us make our decision.

Can I get COVID-19 from my pets or other animals?

At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.  A small number of pets have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after contact with people with COVID-19.

Can animals carry the virus that causes COVID-19 on their skin or fur?

Although we know certain bacteria and fungi can be carried on fur and hair, there is no evidence that viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets.

However, because animals can sometimes carry other germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, including washing hands before and after interacting with them.

Click the following link for the AVMA’s Interim Recommendations where households have a human with COVID-19:   https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19/interim-recommendations-intake-companion-animals-households-humans-COVID-19-are-present