OR animal shelters prepare for increased need in wake of coronavirus crisis

Cheryl Sanders
March 26, 2020

Those new regulations include: only one person over the age of 18 is allowed to attend the animal meet-and-greet at the facility.

"We understand that a lot of people are probably not working as much as they normally do and may need some help with pet food", Carlson said.

The organization will focus its efforts around animal control, lost and found services, stray drop-off services, emergency boarding services, and cremation services.

You can contact the humane society for more information.

Save The Animals Foundation (STAF) on Red Bank Road said as of March 21, it was doing dog adoptions by appointment only.

They've also created a thorough, detailed guide for animal shelters across the country.

As of noon on Monday, the shelter needed to place about 40 dogs.

"It is very important that people continue to consider adopting animals during this crisis", she said.

They are shifting to providing essential services only, as the province deemed animal welfare organizations to be an essential service during a state of emergency. The humane society is still accepting low-priced spay and neuter appointments and feral cat sterilization. Surrender of healthy animals are not accepted until further notice.

During their time of need, shelters have seen a tremendous outpouring of support from people in their communities willing to open their homes to foster animals.

Animal shelters are doing what they can to take care of their populations while closing their doors to the public and limiting volunteers.

The Hamilton County SPCA closed to the public March 15 but is still placing animals in foster homes.

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