Letter from Willamette Humane Society, Salem , Oregon to its supporters
As our community remains on high alert due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to share an update on how the situation is impacting animals and operations here at Willamette Humane Society (WHS). The well-being of our animals, our staff, our volunteers, and the communities we serve remains our top priority. Right now, WHS is open as usual, but this might change based on the evolving situation.
To ensure our shelter remains a safe and healthy environment for all visitors, WHS already follows comprehensive cleaning and sanitation guidelines every day. We are taking additional precautions to prevent the spread of any illness. This includes increasing our cleaning of high-touch surfaces, asking staff, volunteers, and visitors to stay home if they feel ill, rescheduling upcoming events and large group visits, and making sure disinfectants are readily available throughout the building.
In addition, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be passed between humans and companion animals such as dogs or cats, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
Emergency situations come in many forms and this current situation is an important reminder to be prepared. I encourage you to use this opportunity to review your household’s emergency plan and ensure your four-legged family members are prepared as well, including:
- Ensure your pet’s microchip information is current and he or she is wearing a legible form of identification
- Stock up on food and supplies in case you must stay home for an extended period
- Keep your veterinary’s contact information readily available, as well as copies of your pet’s medical and vaccine records
- Identify a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor who can provide temporary pet care in case of emergency
Our shelter team is closely monitoring the situation and will continue following the recommendations of public health officials. Please check our website for the most current announcements.
Thank you for your passion and love for shelter animals and Willamette Humane Society. In these critical times, your support is so essential to continue our mission.
BJ Andersen, CAWA