Yesterday, I came across the following tweet on Twitter:
Firstly, the entitlement and selfishness of the author of this tweet may have caused an unknown number of staff—and as a result their family members—to be exposed to a virus they may be vulnerable to. People like this take advantage of the genuine desire of vets and vet staff to help sick and injured animals and that is completely unacceptable.
Secondly, private businesses have the right to their own health and safety policies. Customers and clients who do not agree with those policies are free to patronize another business. They do not, however, have the right to bully the staff of a business into letting them have their way.
I decided to make a free flyer for any vet hospitals who would like to communicate their mask policy in a non-confrontational and apolitical way. This flyer explains that longer wait times and vets having to turn patients away are the result of staff shortages. Masking can help reduce the number of staff becoming sick so they can be there to help sick and injured pets. It ends with an offer of complimentary masks at the front desk.
Please help us help your pet flyer
Please use the “Download” buttons to download the resources as the previews may not be the full-sized version. As usual, please tag @VetsArePeople2 on Facebook and Instagram and @VetsArePeopleToo on Twitter if sharing on social media, and link to VetsArePeopleToo.com if sharing on a website or blog. This would help my site’s search engine rankings and help people to learn more about the cause.
Please help us help your pets
This clinic has a mask policy in place for the protection of our staff and families
There is a dire vet staff shortage
Longer wait times and having to turn away patients are results of vets being short-staffed. Masks help to reduce the number of staff getting sick so we can be here help all your pets.
Please help us help your pets and put on a mask.
Complimentary masks are available at the front desk. Thank you for your support.
More flyers about masks are avialable from my Downloads page.
Flyer for vet hospitals thanking pet owners for helping to keep staff safe by putting on a face mask prior to approaching vet staff.
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