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COVID-19: Shelter Update 3/16/20

During this time of uncertainty, we want to assure you that HSWC is closely monitoring the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) recommended guidelines related to COVID-19 and that we are following their guidance to protect our staff, volunteers, and the public while still focusing on high quality care for our animals. Recommendations continue to evolve, and as a result, we are making shelter operation decisions on a daily basis. HSWC remains operational, but out of caution, we are implementing the following measures that will remain in effect until further notice:

- To comply with social distancing, public entry into the shelter is now limited to 25 visitors at a time. In addition, we ask that you please postpone your shelter visit if you are experiencing any signs of acute respiratory illness.

- We have suspended new owner surrender appointments until further notice. Those appointments that have already been made will be honored. To privately rehome an animal, please visit

- For the time being, we are not accepting donations of used household bedding, towels, stuffed animals, and other items that cannot be immediately disinfected.

- Shelter volunteers are limited to dog walkers and prep room volunteers. All onsite volunteer information sessions and classes are cancelled until further notice.

- The Kitten Shower will now be a virtual event to help our foster program prepare for kitten season. For more information, please visit:

- The March 25th Wellness Clinic is cancelled. Please stay tuned for information regarding April’s clinic.

In addition to the precautions that we are taking as a shelter, we encourage all pet owners to have an emergency plan in place for your pets. Make sure pets are wearing proper identification; have crates and extra food or supplies on hand; and identify a trusted family member, friend or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you become ill or hospitalized.

Again, the animals in our care remain a top priority, and we thank you for your understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation. Stay well!