We are still here for you
*8/1/2020 update: Masks are required to be worn by employees, volunteers and those visiting HSMC*
HSMC is still offering services by appointment only for the time being and our front doors remain locked as we are not accepting casual visits to the shelter. We are in the process of welcoming volunteers back into the building and want to make sure everyone is comfortable and that our staff remains healthy and able to care for the animals.
Available animals are able to be viewed online at www.catsndogs.org and applications can also be submitted from the site. Visitors wanting to see adoptable pets must have an active application on file before entering the facility. We are still taking appointments for surrenders and reclaims and accepting strays. You can contact us directly at 715-845-2810 and we would be happy to advise you further.
If you will be visiting the shelter via appointment we ask that you not come in if you are sick, have recently traveled by plane or recently attended a large gathering.
If you are looking to drop off donations we have a sign out front where you can leave them and we so appreciate it. If you would like a receipt for your donation please call us or wait for a staff member to come to the door.
We have so many pets adopted right now and going home in the coming days and we are so thankful for that. You remind us over and over again how wonderful of a community we live in.
We can’t wait for things to get back to their new normal but we aren’t in a hurry to get there if it means jeopardizing the animals, volunteers or staff.
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.