COVID-19 response and information
According to the CDC, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.
If you do become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? Is there anyone else in your home who could help? Maybe a neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in? Even a groomer, daycare, or boarding facility may be able to help in your time of need with advance notice. But the most important thing you can do today is come up with two potential pet plans and talk directly with those people so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action.
Prepare a pet supply kit. It may not seem necessary today, but we promise it will be hugely helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down the proper supplies. Your kit should include the following, as best as you’re able:
- Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
- Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
- Food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
- A crate or carrier to transport your pet
- Vaccination records
- Collars with ID tags (and don’t forget to make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date)
- Medications and prescriptions, along with a list of instructions
- Daily care instructions
- Contact information for your veterinary clinic
The Beaver County Humane Society (BCHS) is open by appointment but is changing operations to serve the public and pets with emergency needs, all while practicing social distancing in order to keep everyone safe. Last April and May, BCHS took in close to 400 pets, so the shelter also is preparing for the busy kitten season ahead.
“During this unprecedented time, we need the community to come together to help us save lives,” says Executive Director, Susan Salyards. “We are getting a lot of questions about our greatest needs, and we have identified seven ways people can help now.”
- Stay home and foster: People can visit the BCHS foster page and sign up to be an on-call foster https://beavercountyhumanesociety.org/foster-services. The shelter will review their information and call once they find a pet that would make a good match. Then the shelter will schedule an appointment for the foster family to meet and pick up the foster pet.
- Leave kittens alone: Unless the kittens are sick or in immediate danger, the shelter is asking people to leave them with their mothers where they have the best chance of survival. Make sure they have been abandoned before acting. Often the mother cat is simply out looking for food or for a good place to move them.
- Hold stray pets at home: For friendly, healthy stray pets, the shelter is asking finders to hold onto them. Go online to file a “Found” Report at https://beavercountyhumanesociety.org/i-have-found-pet and if possible, get the pet scanned to see if there is a microchip. If you cannot hold the pet until the owner has a chance to pick it up, take it directly to your local police department. BCHS is accepting emergency-only intake through the local police departments and trying to keep the number of pets in the shelter as low as possible to prepare for the coming weeks of higher-than-usual intake due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shelter also is asking pet owners who would like to surrender their pets, to hold onto pets during this outbreak, unless it is a true emergency.
- Plan ahead: Pet owners should have a plan for their pets in case they get sick and need to be hospitalized. The safest place for pets is in their own home, so people should be asking family members, neighbors or friends if they could care for their pets if they happen to be hospitalized. Pet owners should write down their pet’s diet and feeding schedule, any medications they need, and other special instructions.
- Donate to BCHS: We need help purchasing foster supplies, providing emergency medical funding for sick and injured animals, and providing support to vulnerable pet owners. Donations can be made at https://beavercountyhumanesociety.org/donate. Critical items can also be purchased directly from the shelter’s Amazon Smile Wish List and shipped directly to BCHS. Or items can be dropped off at the shelter from 11 AM to 3:00 PM. Although the shelter is closed to the general public, donation bins are outside of the shelter’s main entrance.
- Adopt: Help BCHS create a cushion of space by adopting a pet today. The shelter is open by appointment only Monday through Friday 11 AM to 3:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday by appointment for foster pick up only. The shelter has modified operations so people can complete all or most of the adoption process online without entering the building. Once the pre-adoption application is completed, BCHS will call to discuss and schedule an appointment. The shelter needs adoptions to continue to avoid critical overcrowding during the pandemic which is concurrent with the upcoming kitten season expected to start in the upcoming weeks.
- Spread the word: People should tell their friends, family, coworkers that BCHS needs adopters, fosters and donations to continue to sustain the shelter’s lifesaving efforts. People can share our posts on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, reminding others that “social distancing doesn’t have to be lonely. Adopt or foster a pet today!”
Beaver County Humane Society Closed Due to Covid-19 Concerns
We remain open for adoptions and fostering by appointment only.