OR animal shelters prepare for increased need in wake of coronavirus crisis

Animals still available for adoption at Humane Society of South Mississippi

Following Premier Doug Ford's recent announcement that all non-essential businesses in Ontario were to close, animal-welfare organizations were deemed essential.

Residents with questions for either centre should call the humane society directly at 519-745-5615.

"We're doing things by appointment".

Donations are always needed to help keep the shelter in business. The humane society is still accepting low-priced spay and neuter appointments and feral cat sterilization.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter also announced it was closing to the public on March 19 via Facebook. "We're trying to stay open, but we have limited services".

"All of our animals are still being looked after", said James. Along with potentially seeing an influx of surrenders due to illness and financial hardship, Williams is anticipating an increase in the local animal population because spay and neuter programs within OR have been halted following an order by Gov. Kate Brown that prevents health-care providers from conducting non-emergency procedures. Essential staff are allowed into the shelter to clean kennels for emergency intakes.

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington shut down its thrift store, which generates $1.5 million in total revenue annually, to abide by orders from the state.

At this particular drive-thru, however, you aren't picking up ice cream or french fries-you're picking up a furry foster animal. "And then our staff will process that and make an appointment via the telephone and make an appointment for them to actually come in and meet our adoption animals".

"We understand that a lot of people are probably not working as much as they normally do and may need some help with pet food", Carlson said.



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