COVID-19 Shelter Update 3.25.2020March 25, 2020
As of today, March 25, 2020 all scheduled clinic services have been cancelled until further notice. During this time of the COVID-19 crisis throughout our nation, animal shelters are an “essential” service to the public. However, due to shortages of necessary supplies and needs we are taking the necessary steps to protect the current animals being cared for at the shelter. According to the ASPCA, the COVID-19 pandemic creates operational challenges for shelter, veterinary services. ASPCA shares the following:
“Significant operational challenges stemming from the pandemic threaten the capacity of many shelters to provide animal care and veterinary medical services. Staff and volunteer shortages due to illness or quarantine and the need to engage in “social distancing” make providing the full range of critical sheltering services nearly impossible in many locations for the immediate future. Against this backdrop, there are recent requirements and recommendations, including some from the U.S. Surgeon General, to suspend elective or non-essential surgical procedures, which may be interpreted as applying to routine, non-emergency spay/neuter surgeries.”
The Lewis Clark Animal Shelter will be able to answer the community’s concerns by calling (208) 746-1623 or email- firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your understanding during this time.
Community members who have lost a pet and believe it may be at the Lewis Clark Animal Shelter also are asked to call instead of coming directly to the shelter. The shelter staff will explain the procedure to claim their animals. The goal is to minimize contact with general public as much as possible.
During this time, service changes will include, but not limited to:
• If you believe your pet is being cared for at the Lewis Clark Animal Shelter, call to schedule an appointment to bring your pet home. (208) 746-1623
• Owner surrenders will not be received until further notice.
• Animal Control officers will continue to respond to public safety and animal welfare calls such as dangerous dogs, sick/ill animals, police assistance, animal cruelty investigations, patrols, and dead animal reports. Less urgent calls will be deferred until further notice.
We will continue to monitor the CDC recommendations. Limited staff will still report to work to care for the animals. Donations will remain a vital part of our shelter. Although the shelter is not open to the public, continued care for our shelter animals is essential.
Our shelter wish list can be found at http://www.lcshelter.org/donate/ways-to-give/
The Lewis Clark Animal Shelter is extremely grateful for the donations and support we receive across our community.
For additional information, please refer to the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavi…/2019-ncov/prepare/animals.html