LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT:
With news about coronavirus (COVID-19) changing rapidly, you may be wondering about the effect on animals and operations at the Oklahoma Humane Society. Along with all of you, we at the Oklahoma Humane Society have been grappling with how to best deal with the impact of COVID-19.
In the face of so much unknown, we are clear about this: Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, donors, animals, fosters, volunteers – and the community at large.
First, I want to let you know that OK Humane is open and we have many wonderful dogs and cats looking for a home or a foster home. We are increasing efforts to prevent the spread of any illness – asking staff to stay home when they are ill, moving our Adoption Center to appointment-only, moving to virtual meetings, assigned working spaces, working remotely where possible, and of course cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly.
During uncertain times, it’s a good reminder to have an emergency plan in place if you are no longer able to care for your pets. This includes ensuring pets are wearing proper identification, identifying a friend or family member who can help incase you get sick, and having extra animal food and supplies on hand. These preparations can also be helpful if there is a need to stay in your home for an extended period of time.
There have also been questions about whether pets can get sick from COVID-19 or if they can make us sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health organization, there is no confirmed evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to humans.
Lastly, I want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation closely and following the advice from public health officials. We have a multi-phased plan ready to implement if or when the need arises. The health and well-being of the animals in our care, OK Humane staff and the communities we serve is always our top priority.
- Identify a relative or friend who can care for your animals if you or your household are unable to.
- Ensure that you have crates, food, leashes or harnesses, and extra supplies on hand to relocate your pet if necessary.
- Keep all pet vaccines up to date, and prepare copies of those records.
- Make sure that all pets have proper identification: a collar with ID tag, and a microchip with current information.
- Locate and label any medications your pet may need along with detailed instructions on dosage and frequency.
- Compile a short list of your pet’s likes and dislikes, personality, and any behavior traits specific to your pet that another caretaker may need to know.
ADOPTION CENTER POLICIES:
Updated Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Our Adoption Center has moved to appointment only, and will be open from 11:00AM-6:00PM, Wednesday – Sunday. Appointments begin at 11:00AM and are scheduled in 30 minute time blocks. Please review and observe the following updated Adoption Center policies:
- Please stay home if you feel unwell, especially if you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, or sore throat.
- If you are interested in adopting, please review our website to select the animal you would like to meet.
- Once your ideal animal is selected, call or email our Adoption Center the same day you would like to make an appointment with the animal’s information. We strongly encourage calling for a more timely response.
- At this time, appointments may only be made to visit one particular animal. Back-to-back appointments for visiting multiple pets will be scheduled based on availability only.
- Adoption Center: (405) 607-0586, firstname.lastname@example.org
- We ask that you do not approach the Adoption Center door or attempt to enter on your own. Please wait in your car, and a staff member will call you when it is time for your appointment.
Thank you for your kindness and understanding during this time. These policies may change as our COVID-19 Taskforce makes adjustments in response to the ongoing situation.
SPAY & NEUTER POLICIES:
The OK Humane Spay & Neuter Clinic will open to the public for curbside service on MONDAY, JULY 6th. To continue to prioritize the safety of our employees and the public, our clinic will operate as curbside service only until further notice. In addition our employees will continue to work in split shifts to minimize contact, and all surgeries must be scheduled ahead of time. We are constantly monitoring the ongoing situation and current scientific data regarding COVID-19, and will adjust our policies as needed to best protect our employees, animals, and the public at large. Thank you for your patience and support.
The Oklahoma Humane Society is still working to save animals. Our Adoption Center is open and successfully homing animals on an appointment only basis. Our Intake Facility is working closely with Oklahoma City Animal Welfare (OKC Shelter) to bring at-risk animals into our care. Our Neonate Program has placed dozens of little one’s into specially trained foster homes. Lastly, our Foster Program is working tirelessly to place animals into temporary homes, and train new fosters with online orientations.
Thank you for standing with us as we adapt our operations. We sincerely appreciate your continued support.