It is still a stretch for many of us to wrap our heads around the immense changes shaping all of our lives. I hope all of you and your loved ones are well and adjusting to the “new normal” which is anything but normal.
I will quickly share some information impacting the animals at the shelter as well as the people and pets in our community.
-Are your companion animals going to get COVID-19? The basic answer is NO. Are your companion animals going to give people COVID-19? The basic answer is NO. However, if you or anyone in your home has the virus, we recommend following the guidelines set forth by the CDC. If possible, have another member of your household care for your animal while you are sick. If you must continue to care for your animal, avoid close contact, and wash your hands before and after interacting with them. Further studies are needed to understand how different animals could be affected by COVID-19, but until we know more about the virus, the best option is to maintain the same cautious and sanitary procedures that you are using around humans.
-We also strongly recommend creating a plan for your pet in the case that you are sick and require hospitalization or if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time. Identify someone willing and able to care for your pet if something were to happen. Additionally, put together an emergency kit for your pet that includes at least two weeks’ worth of food and any needed medications. You should also write down any information about your pet that would be helpful to a caregiver such as veterinarian contact info, behavioral tendencies, habits, and food preferences.
-Starting on Thursday, March 19, we will begin doing animal adoptions by appointment only. Please check our website and our Facebook page for details. We will, of course, be paying great attention to conducting these adoptions safely.
-We anticipate a growing number of job losses and layoffs. Rescue Village is committed to helping to keep people and their pets together. The companionship is so important in these times and we want to avoid animals being surrendered to shelters as much as possible. Therefore, we are continuing our Pet Food Pantry. For those who are able, we would greatly appreciate donations of cat and dog food (smaller, 15-16lb bags are better). You can leave donations outside the front door of the shelter or have orders delivered to 15463 Chillicothe Road, Novelty, OH 44072. If you need to use the Pet Food Pantry or want to learn more, please check our website for details.
Finally, please let me know if you have any questions. We are all learning about this virus together, and together we will get through this!