Coronavirus and Pets
Pets Are Essential
Under the Ohio Department of Health’s Stay at Home Order, several of the services we provide are considered essential. These services include our Help Center, which offers resources aimed at keeping pets in their homes; Pet Wants Dayton, your local, natural pet food and spaw product supplier offering free delivery or curbside pickup; and even pet adoption and placement, including emergency Safe Pets plans for displaced animals awaiting reunification (i.e owner hospitalizations, domestic violence sheltering, and addiction rehabilitation).
We want to let you know what we’re doing to make sure these essential services remain there for you, our community.
We have reduced our daily staff and volunteers to an essential services team, encouraging work from home when possible.
We are limiting how many staff members can be in the building at once to no more than 6, maintaining social distancing standards.
Each and every staff member takes their temperature upon entering the building. If it is below 100.4, they will then proceed to the hand washing station for a minimum 20 second wash. If their temperature is over 100.4, they will immediately exit the building, contact their supervisor, and their supervisor will disinfect the door handle, keypad and thermometer.
Contact with the community will be completed by telephone or via the internet as much as possible, limiting face-to-face interactions to only those required; restricting in number and amount of time.
All animals who can be will be housed with fosters. This allows us to maintain minimal pets in the building, as well as save kennel space for those animals in need (quarantined, ill, etc.).
Animals entering or returning to the building will have their fur cleansed, with any pet believed to be in contact with the coronavirus quarantined for 72 hours.
All these efforts to keep our staff, volunteer, and pets safe so we may continue being here for the animals and our community!
During the upcoming weeks, we plan to show you how we are working behind the scenes for the community, We aspire to keep you engaged and maybe even brighten your day. We hope you will want to assist us in these efforts. How? By liking, sharing, and donating to help keep these essential services for animals functioning. We want viral to be a huge PAWsitive for animals! Look for the hashtag PetsAreEssential. Every like, share, and donation will help us provide vital shelter, food, and/or supplies to pets in need.
Let's do this! Together! Our community's pets ARE essential!
P.S., Donations can be made through our secure online portal here. Every donation is critical!
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