With the news about coronavirus (COVID-19) changing rapidly, you may be wondering about the effect on animals and operations at Homeward Bound Pets Humane Society. We are monitoring the situation closely and following the advice from public health officials.
HBPets animal shelter will remain open as we have animals still in need of homes. While our shelter operations are normal, we are increasing efforts to prevent the spread of any illness – asking staff and volunteers to stay home when they are ill, reducing the number of large groups visiting the shelter, and cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly. We will continue to follow the Oregon Health Authority’s www.oregon.gov/oha recommendations relating to keeping the public safe and healthy.
The shelter has suspended volunteer and foster orientations at this time. We are limiting the number of adopters in our cattery to three people at a time or one family. If we have others waiting to see cats, there will be a 30-minute time limit.
The main business office of Yamhill County Sheriff’s office will be closed to the public as of Monday, March 16th, this includes Dog Control Licensing; however, they will process items received through the mail or placed in the secure drop box, located in their exterior lobby. For dog redemption you can still make contact by phone; however, exceptions are being made for personal contact. You can reach Dog Control at 503-434-7538 during business hours, Monday-Thursday 8-5pm.
At this time the McMinnville Police Department office protocol has not changed. For dog redemptions, please make contact at 503-434-7307 during normal business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:30-5pm.
The HBPets spay/neuter clinic will remain open and have put guidelines in place for drop off and pickup of pets starting Tuesday, March 17th. We will have staggered appointments and will only bring in four people at one time into the lobby for check in and pick up.
Reminder calls the night before will give your drop off time with only one person per family coming into the clinic. If you are sick, please reschedule your appointment. We have suspended our monthly volunteer orientations for now.
The human-animal bond is strong. Remember to make sure pets are wearing proper identification, identifying a friend or family member who can help in case you get sick, and having extra food and supplies, including medications, 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 evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19. So cuddle up and take solace with your four-legged friends.
The health and well-being of the animals in our care, our volunteers, staff and the community we serve is always our top priority.
Homeward Bound Pets