*Updated Wednesday, March 25th*
VANDERBURGH HUMANE SOCIETY CORONAVIRUS PREPARATIONS
Q: Are you closed?
Yes. Our facility is entirely closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 25th until further notice. Here is some additional information about each Department:
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 including.
The VHS receives zero tax dollars or state/national funding from larger organizations.
Any reduction in public support and especially the closure of our Happy Tails Resale Shop/reduction in River Kitty income will mean a significant drop in public-facing revenue to help offset those expenses.
As a reminder, even when the shelter is closed to the public, expenses remain largely unchanged because a team of paid staff members must be there to care for the animals. We are currently asking all volunteers to stay at home for their own, and our, safety. The shelter’s animals and the cats at River Kitty must always be cared for 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:
All updates regarding COVID-19 closures and/or public procedures will be posted on our website and communicated with individual clients as needed.
Here are some frequently-asked questions regarding pets and the coronavirus.
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:
The VHS has already begun the process of ensuring that the shelter is stocked with ample food, medications, and supplies to care for the 180 animals currently in their care.
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. Dogs and 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. Therefore, COVID-19 poses no threat to them based on the facts we have at this time.
Q: What activities can my children and I do at home to help the animals?
The VHS Humane Education Coordinator has compiled a list of some activities & crafts that kids can do while they are at home!
Download "Community Cat Coloring Book"
Some Kindle e-books about pets, available for free in multiple languages from March 25-27:
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