*Updated Monday, September 28, 2020*
VANDERBURGH HUMANE SOCIETY COVID-19 PROCEDURES
Q: Are you closed?
No! We finally reopened completely on Tuesday, June 16. Here are the current operating procedures for each Department, and how to get in touch with us for what you're needing. Please note that face masks will be required for ALL visitors, adopters, clients, staff, and volunteers entering the building.
Q: Why is public support continuously needed for the VHS?
The Vanderburgh Humane Society senior leadership team wants to stress to the public that donations and support are vital, now more than ever, to make sure that our animals are cared for and our team members can remain employed. The organization depends 100% on donations from the public and fees from in-person services & programming.
The VHS receives zero tax dollars or state/national funding from larger organizations.
We have experienced a reduction in public support due to the economic crisis. The temporary closure of our Happy Tails Resale Shop, Clinic, and River Kitty Cat Cafe from March through May has resulted in a significant drop in revenue to help offset expenses in our 2020 budget. We are also facing the cancellation of 4 major fundraisers.
As a reminder, expenses remain largely unchanged because a team of paid staff members must always be here to care for the the shelter’s animals and the cats at River Kitty, without any interruption in their daily routines... and that takes money. It costs about $58,000 just to operate the VHS for 2 weeks! If you are financially able:
As this crisis stretches on, pets must be taken into consideration when assessing families' needs. Our crucial services may become more important than ever before in the event that:
Q: How should pet owners prepare for coronavirus quarantines?
It is always a good idea, even in normal life, to keep a minimum supply of your pet’s needs in your home. It is important now more than ever that pet owners be prepared. Some tips to consider:
Keep in mind that being able to order products online is dependent upon a lot of factors. Even if grocery stores & pet supply stores are well-stocked now… pandemics can shut down a lot of cities and companies in a short period of time. Supply chains could easily be interrupted. Wherever your pet’s supplies are coming from, be sure that you have what you need just in case there are manufacturing, distribution, or shipping delays.
Q: Can I catch coronavirus from my pet, or vice versa?
There is zero evidence that COVID-19 can be widely transmitted from people to pets or vice versa. The week of April 20, 2 domestic cats in New York reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Of these 2 cats, only 1 had an owner who was COVID-19 positive, and the other cat in that household is asymptomatic. Both cats are currently stable at this time. A dog also tested positive the week of April 27th. That dog had a COVID19-positive owner and the other 2 pets in the household are asymptomatic.
There is no reason to panic, as there are still ZERO documented instances of people catching it from their pets. Families should simply adhere to social distancing guidelines with their pets as well as with the human members of their household.
Domestic cats can catch their own versions of coronavirus, which has been the case for many years. But it is not the same strain as COVID-19.
Q: What activities can my children and I do at home to help the animals?
Check out our blog on some crafts, activities, and reading lists (plus other ways grownups can help!) for families quarantining at home!
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