Hamilton-Burlington SPCA grappling with Coronavirus precautions

News Mar 18, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

In the past, March Break was a busy time at the Hamilton-Burlington Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The Dartnall Road shelter would be bustling with children in animal education programs while prospective pet owners would be looking over the cats and dogs available for adoption.

But the coronavirus pandemic changed all that.

The shelter is quiet, the parking lot is nearly empty, and no one gets past the main entrance without permission.

“We have postponed all activity in the public for the next month through to the end of April,” said HBSPCA chief executive officer Marion Emo. “We will be open to adoptions, urgent surrenders and end-of-life-care by appointment only.”

All surgeries at the companion animal hospital next door have also been postponed indefinitely, Emo noted.

“Given everything we are reviewing and reading, this state of affairs will continue likely well into April, perhaps beyond,” she said.

Karen Reichheld, manager of animal care and adoptions at the HBSPCA, said they average 100-150 pet adoptions each month.

But instead of dropping by the shelter, prospective pet owners and anyone else seeking their services need to contact them first via info@hbspca.com.

From there a phone interview will be arranged and then an appointment set up to visit the shelter.

No one will be allowed into the shelter if they are anyone in their household has a new or worse cough, shortness of breath, has been feeling feverish or had the chills in the last 24 hours, have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, had close contact with someone who has had a confirmed or suspected case of the coronavirus or if they have had close contact with anyone who has acute respiratory illness and had been outside Canada in the past 14 days.

Those questions will be asked over the phone and again in person where they will be asked to sign a questionnaire before they are allowed in.

Reichheld said the restrictions aren’t likely to stop anyone who really wants to adopt a pet to do so.

“People are home right now, it’s a great time to adopt a pet,” she said.

Reichheld noted all animals available for adoption can be seen at hbspca.com and adoption forms can be filled out online.

Pet food and other donations are still being accepted and can be left in a bin near the main entrance.

Emo said none of their 30 full and part-time staff are home sick although two or three are working from home.

She said the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA will continue fundraising online and by mail.


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Hamilton Community News wanted to see how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting operations at the HBSPCA.

 

Hamilton-Burlington SPCA grappling with Coronavirus precautions

Adoption and surrender services by appointment only

News Mar 18, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

In the past, March Break was a busy time at the Hamilton-Burlington Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The Dartnall Road shelter would be bustling with children in animal education programs while prospective pet owners would be looking over the cats and dogs available for adoption.

But the coronavirus pandemic changed all that.

The shelter is quiet, the parking lot is nearly empty, and no one gets past the main entrance without permission.

“We have postponed all activity in the public for the next month through to the end of April,” said HBSPCA chief executive officer Marion Emo. “We will be open to adoptions, urgent surrenders and end-of-life-care by appointment only.”

All surgeries at the companion animal hospital next door have also been postponed indefinitely, Emo noted.

“Given everything we are reviewing and reading, this state of affairs will continue likely well into April, perhaps beyond,” she said.

Karen Reichheld, manager of animal care and adoptions at the HBSPCA, said they average 100-150 pet adoptions each month.

But instead of dropping by the shelter, prospective pet owners and anyone else seeking their services need to contact them first via info@hbspca.com.

From there a phone interview will be arranged and then an appointment set up to visit the shelter.

No one will be allowed into the shelter if they are anyone in their household has a new or worse cough, shortness of breath, has been feeling feverish or had the chills in the last 24 hours, have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, had close contact with someone who has had a confirmed or suspected case of the coronavirus or if they have had close contact with anyone who has acute respiratory illness and had been outside Canada in the past 14 days.

Those questions will be asked over the phone and again in person where they will be asked to sign a questionnaire before they are allowed in.

Reichheld said the restrictions aren’t likely to stop anyone who really wants to adopt a pet to do so.

“People are home right now, it’s a great time to adopt a pet,” she said.

Reichheld noted all animals available for adoption can be seen at hbspca.com and adoption forms can be filled out online.

Pet food and other donations are still being accepted and can be left in a bin near the main entrance.

Emo said none of their 30 full and part-time staff are home sick although two or three are working from home.

She said the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA will continue fundraising online and by mail.


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Hamilton Community News wanted to see how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting operations at the HBSPCA.

 

Hamilton-Burlington SPCA grappling with Coronavirus precautions

Adoption and surrender services by appointment only

News Mar 18, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

In the past, March Break was a busy time at the Hamilton-Burlington Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The Dartnall Road shelter would be bustling with children in animal education programs while prospective pet owners would be looking over the cats and dogs available for adoption.

But the coronavirus pandemic changed all that.

The shelter is quiet, the parking lot is nearly empty, and no one gets past the main entrance without permission.

“We have postponed all activity in the public for the next month through to the end of April,” said HBSPCA chief executive officer Marion Emo. “We will be open to adoptions, urgent surrenders and end-of-life-care by appointment only.”

All surgeries at the companion animal hospital next door have also been postponed indefinitely, Emo noted.

“Given everything we are reviewing and reading, this state of affairs will continue likely well into April, perhaps beyond,” she said.

Karen Reichheld, manager of animal care and adoptions at the HBSPCA, said they average 100-150 pet adoptions each month.

But instead of dropping by the shelter, prospective pet owners and anyone else seeking their services need to contact them first via info@hbspca.com.

From there a phone interview will be arranged and then an appointment set up to visit the shelter.

No one will be allowed into the shelter if they are anyone in their household has a new or worse cough, shortness of breath, has been feeling feverish or had the chills in the last 24 hours, have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, had close contact with someone who has had a confirmed or suspected case of the coronavirus or if they have had close contact with anyone who has acute respiratory illness and had been outside Canada in the past 14 days.

Those questions will be asked over the phone and again in person where they will be asked to sign a questionnaire before they are allowed in.

Reichheld said the restrictions aren’t likely to stop anyone who really wants to adopt a pet to do so.

“People are home right now, it’s a great time to adopt a pet,” she said.

Reichheld noted all animals available for adoption can be seen at hbspca.com and adoption forms can be filled out online.

Pet food and other donations are still being accepted and can be left in a bin near the main entrance.

Emo said none of their 30 full and part-time staff are home sick although two or three are working from home.

She said the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA will continue fundraising online and by mail.


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Hamilton Community News wanted to see how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting operations at the HBSPCA.