We are still here for you
As the circumstances with COVID-19 continue to develop so too must our expectations for operations and our response in order to protect ourselves, our staff and our volunteers.
HSMC will be closed to the general public effective 3/18/2020 in order to ensure compliance with current recommendations for the health and safety of our community. Rest assured that staff will be here taking care of the animals and we’ll be here for you too if you need us.
Phone lines will remain on and we will facilitate visits with adoptable pets for interested adopters only; our front doors will remain locked so we can address guests at the door and monitor the number of people in the shelter. We are not allowing casual visits to the shelter at this time; this is for our safety and yours. If you need to surrender a pet, have found a stray or need to reclaim your lost pet, please contact us at 715-845-2810. Remember that you can start the adoption process from home, too! Adoption applications are available 24/7 at www.catsndogs.org.
We will continue to keep you posted and stay interactive on Facebook as this situation continues to develop. Please be sure that you have supplies ready for yourself and your pets, including food and medications. If you need help with pet food, please call us.
We have currently suspended our volunteer program and are not accepting new volunteers. Current volunteers have been asked not to come to the shelter during this time.
We are here for the pets and we are thinking of you all and your safety.
Who will care for your pet?
While it’s not fun to imagine, now is an important time to create a plan for your pet in case you get sick. This weekend, we strongly encourage you gather any members of your household and walk through the following steps to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency.
- Know the facts: According to the CDC, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.
- If you do become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? Is there anyone else in your home who could help? Maybe a neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in? Even a groomer, daycare, or boarding facility may be able to help in your time of need with advance notice. But the most important thing you can do today is come up with two potential pet plans and talk directly with those people so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action.
- Prepare a pet supply kit. It may not seem necessary today, but we promise it will be hugely helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down the proper supplies. Your kit should include the following, as best as you’re able:
- Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
- Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
- Food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
- A crate or carrier to transport your pet
- Vaccination records
- Collars with ID tags (and don’t forget to make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date)
- Medications and prescriptions, along with a list of instructions
- Daily care instructions
- Contact information for your veterinary clinic
With your whole family on board and a plan in place, you’ll feel a bit better about your pet’s safety knowing they’re in good hands no matter what challenges may arise. ❤
If you’re planning to visit us
In addition, we ask you not visit the facility if you:
• Travelled to an area where coronavirus is spreading within the past 14 days. This includes both international travel to Level 2 and 3 countries with widespread illness and domestic travel to states with more than 10 cases. The CDC updates this information daily.
• Had direct contact with anyone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 or visited a high risk area within the past 14 days.
• Have a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, including older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions.
• Feel sick, especially if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing or any flu-like symptoms within the past 14 days.
We will continue to monitor the situation and encourage you to read some of the resources below.