COVID Lockdown Information

Important announcement regarding Perth and Peel Regional Lockdown

This page will be updated as new information is received.

2nd July 2021

Following the latest government advice, we will be OPEN to the public from 11am Saturday 2nd July for adoptions, boarding and surrender appointments.

Please be aware that restrictions will be in place, and all adoption interviews are booked up for Saturday. If you are ready to adopt, you are welcome to come and view the dogs, but it will be unlikely that we will be able to process you adoption tomorrow, unless you already have a confirmed appointment with us.

We currently have a limited number of slots available on Sunday, we appreciate your patience if there are longer wait times.

We will have distanced marquees set up outside of the Refuge so paperwork can be completed safely, abiding by the 4m2 rule. Face masks must be worn at all times unless you have a medical exemption.

Please do not visit the Refuge if you have been to one of the recorded exposure sites or are feeling unwell.

Government Advice:

From midnight tonight (12:01am Saturday 3 July), Perth and Peel will move to interim restrictions which will remain in place for three days, until 12:01am Tuesday 6 July.

Following that, pending ongoing health advice, some further transitional restrictions will remain until Monday 12 July.

I’ll detail both stages of restrictions in a moment, but first can I take a moment to thank everyone for doing the right thing over these past few days. As always, we’ve seen strong compliance and excellent testing numbers, and that’s what gives us the confidence to take these steps.

The post-lockdown interim restrictions for the Perth and Peel regions from 12.01am Saturday, July 3 until 12.01am Tuesday, 6 July (pending the latest health advice), include:

– Everyone must continue to wear a mask in indoor and outdoor public places, while at work and on public transport, unless exempt or for outdoor vigorous exercise;
– People who can work from home or remotely, are encourage to do so;
– Limit of 10 visitors to all homes;
– Limit of 20 people for private outdoor gatherings;
– Four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit for restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues – for seated food and drink service only;
– Four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit for beauty, nail and hair services;
– Public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums, swimming pools can open with the four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit in place;
– Universities, TAFEs and training services can reopen;
– Places of worship can open with four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit;
– Weddings and funerals can proceed with up to 20 guests;
– Professional and outdoor community sports, including training, are permitted, but without spectators. Indoor community sport is not permitted;
– Fitness venues including gyms, pilates, yoga, dance studios can open with four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit in place;
– No visitors to aged and disability facilities and hospitals, except for compassionate reasons and advocacy;
– No visitors to residential aged care and/or disability facilities except for exceptional circumstances such as essential care, compassionate reasons, end of life and advocacy; and,
– No visitors to hospitals except for compassionate reasons, end of life, accompanying a child or supporting a partner giving birth.

The intrastate Perth and Peel border will removed, meaning people can travel within WA, with the exception of some remote Aboriginal communities. However, anyone who has been in Perth and Peel since Sunday, 27 June is subject to same mask wearing requirements and will not be allowed to visit hospitality, entertainment, recreation venues or other public gatherings. People are permitted to enter retail venues and purchase takeaway.

People identified as casual contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases are not permitted to travel outside the Perth and Peel regions until 12:01am Monday 12 July, unless for essential or compassionate reasons.

Regarding elective surgeries, category 2 and 3 elective surgeries have been postponed in public hospitals until Friday, 9 July. People are urged not to contact hospitals directly as they will be contacted to reschedule their appointments.

Following this upcoming three-day period, further eased transitional restrictions will take effect at 12:01am 6 July, and remain in place until 12:01am Monday 12 July – pending ongoing health advice.

This set of restrictions will include the following changes:
– Masks will not be required outside where physical distancing is possible;
– Masks will remain mandatory for indoor public venues, including in the workplace and on public transport. Exemptions apply including for medical reasons and primary school aged children or younger. People should use common sense and take a mask with them whenever they leave home;
– 30 person limit will apply in all homes for indoor private gatherings and 150 person limit for outdoor private gatherings;
– Two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit will apply to most venues, including weddings and funerals;
– Indoor and outdoor community sport will be able to resume with spectators;
– Patients in hospital, or people in aged care or a disability facility can have four personal visitors per day. Masks will remain mandatory for staff and visitors; and
– Major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena and HBF Park will be able to operate at 50 per cent capacity.

We intend for these subsequent transitional restrictions to be in place for just six days, from Tuesday through Sunday to take us through the full 14 day incubation period.

Assuming everything goes well for these restrictions, and health advice permitting, we intend to take the final safe and sensible step and return to our pre-lockdown life by 12:01am Monday 12 July

Do you agree with our Adoption philosophies?

Then go ahead and submit your application!

29th June 2021

The Dogs’ Refuge Home will be adhering to the advice of the West Australian government and implementing a 4 day lockdown beginning from 00.01am Tuesday 29th June. At this stage the lockdown will conclude at 00.01am Saturday 3rd July. We will continue to follow government advice.

We will be operating with a skeleton team of essential staff and volunteers, so that the dogs are properly cared for but will be CLOSED to the public.

Please keep submitting adoption applications for our available dogs– we are hoping to use this time to matchmake our available dogs to great homes with the intent to set up adoption interviews once lockdown is concluded- stay tuned for more information.

If you have an emergency request, such as the need to surrender a dog who will otherwise be homeless, please call 08 9381 8166


Please park outside the front gates and call 08 9381 8166

One of our team members will retrieve your dog and their belongings from boarding and bring them up to the front gate. A limited contact handover will then occur.

Pick ups can be made between 9am and 4pm


Please call us on 08 9381 8166 between 10am-4pm

Please be patient as we are expecting a high volume of calls.

Advice from the West Australian Government

The following restrictions apply for the lockdown period:

  • People can enter the Perth and Peel areas only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements.
  • Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars to provide takeaway service only.
  • Casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues to close.
  • Universities, TAFEs and training colleges to close.
  • Beauty, nail and hair services to close.
  • Retail is permitted but only for essential health services and essential goods such as supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol station, hardware and others. Non-essential retail restricted to click-and-collect or delivery only.
  • Public venues such as swimming pools, recreation centres, playgrounds and skateparks to close.
  • Fitness venues including private exercise venues, gyms, pilates, yoga, dance studios to close
  • Places of worship and cultural institutions to close.
  • Community sport is not permitted.
  • Private outdoor gatherings are not permitted and events and functions are not permitted.
  • Weddings are restricted to five people for compassionate reasons only, and funerals are restricted to 10 people.
  • No visitors will be allowed in homes, unless it is for essential services, critical maintenance, caregiving and compassionate reasons or an emergency.
  • Travel outside the Perth and Peel region is not permitted unless you are exempt to obtain or provide essential goods or services or other compassionate and medical reasons.
  • Schools, boarding schools and childcare centres in the Perth and Peel regions will remain open, except for the three schools that have been directly impacted as they are a listed exposure site.
  • Unless exempt, people in Perth and Peel are required to wear masks outside of the home, in all indoor settings, on public transport, and outdoors at all times – except for vigorous exercise.
  • Anyone who has travelled outside of the Perth and Peel regions since Sunday must continue to wear face masks in public, as per the existing directions.
  • Visits to aged/disability care are prohibited except for essential care, compassionate reasons, end of life and advocacy.
  • Visits to hospitals are prohibited except for compassionate reasons (eg. end of life, accompanying a child, supporting partner giving birth). Priority 2 and 3 elective surgeries will be postponed.