Mar 13, 2020
VANDERBURGH HUMANE SOCIETY STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS PREPARATIONS
(Evansville, IN – March 13, 2020) The Vanderburgh Humane Society is reminding the public of some pet safety tips surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The shelter is also preparing internally for worst-cast scenario should it eventually be necessary to close to the public. 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 216 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: Are you canceling any VHS services or programs?
As of Friday, March 13th:
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 200+ animals are cared for. 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 or an eventual closure would mean a significant drop in public-facing revenue to help offset those expenses.
As a reminder, even if the shelter is closed to the public, expenses will remain largely unchanged because a team of paid staff members must be there to care for the animals (much like other local nonprofits who are serving/housing living humans or animals onsite.) Several wonderful volunteers also assist, but volunteers are not ever required to be here. Additionally, many VHS volunteers are retired or older, and would be encouraged to stay home in the event of a local coronavirus outbreak. In the event of a closure, the shelter’s animals and the cats at River Kitty will always be cared for without any interruption in their daily routines.
All updates regarding COVID-19 closures and/or public procedures will be posted on our website and communicated with individual clients as needed.
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