What’s important to know:
Financial Effects of COVID-19
While our hours are limited costs actually increase during the pandemic. In addition to our normal hard costs for the facility and our limited staff, we’ve needed additional supplies to keep everyone safe. We also provide for more foster families caring for kittens (the season is here, pandemic or not), as well as feeding, bathing, and medicating a full house due to limited adoptions–while losing adoption fees and the donations that walk through the front door daily when we’re able to be open. It’s a very challenging time for the Shelter.
Pet owners hit hardest by COVID-19 will soon be facing immense financial challenges. We expect to see more pets surrendered to our shelter as the pandemic causes financial distress and loss of human life. It is always our first effort to keep people and pets together. We refer to social service agencies, offer the use of our Pet Food Bank and low-cost spay/neuter assistance as we are able. Still, we know an increase in surrenders is in our future, and our ability to help is driven by the level of donations we receive.
Please consider making an extra donation if you are able. Every dollar helps!
- All the animals are well-cared for either in foster or here at the Shelter.
- Our hours are limited as most of our volunteers are in a high-risk group and on stay home orders.
- Adoptions are happening on a limited basis. We are only allowing people into the shelter facility who have been self-quarantining–and those in very small numbers.
- Before coming to the shelter, have a conversation with our staff or volunteers at the facility. As able, they are answering voice (360-642-1180) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) messages.
- Pets at home cannot spread the virus. There is NO evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans. [source: World Health Organization, March 2020]
- Consider preparing for your pet’s care in the event you contract COVID-19:
- Identify another person, preferably in your household, who is willing to care for your pet.
- Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared with at least 2 weeks’ worth of your pets food and any needed medications.
- Write a few notes for your pet’s caregiver about their peculiarities and preferences, and put it in the emergency kit.
- Write a note authorizing your pet’s caregiver to get them needed medical care should the need arise. Include contact information for your veterinarian.
- Visit the CDC for information on preparing a disaster kit for your pet. [Espanol]
Thank you for your patience as we move through this challenging time.