In light of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) spreading throughout the country, The Washington County Humane Society (WCHS) is taking the following steps to minimize the risks of the virus for everyone in the shelter and our community, but particularly those who are most vulnerable…people over 60 and those with underlying health conditions.
At this time, WCHS remains open for business with the following in mind:
Due to staff and volunteer shortages, at times phone calls might be going to voicemail, and will be returned as soon as possible. Please consider only visiting if you are interested in adopting, dropping off a donation or bringing in a stray. If you need to surrender an animal, please call the shelter at 262-677-4388 to make an appointment.
Each room in the shelter has protective supplies available to you. You will find hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and gloves. Please feel free to use these supplies but do not remove them from the room. We want them available for all of our volunteers, staff and customers.
Please stay home if you are sick or if you are merely visiting the animals. If you are coughing, sneezing or have a fever, do not come into the shelter…we will ask you to leave. Please do not be offended….we need to protect our staff, volunteers and customers.
We are attempting to use “social distancing” as much as possible as we deal with this situation. Whenever possible, keep more than 3 feet (preferably 6) between you and others. This is based on CDC recommendations.
We are expecting that we will lose a significant part of our revenue and want you to remember the following:
Our future events are not cancelled as of this time…we will monitor the situation and make changes as we get closer. Please note our Rummage Sale and our WCHS Open have been cancelled – we are currently monitoring things closely with regards to our other events. Please do join in the fun for our Virtual Event and our Facebook Auction (located under our events tab). We are also hopeful that the virus will be under control relatively quickly. However, based on what has happened in other countries, we have to be prepared for worst-case scenarios.
Remember that our animals will continue to need care during this difficult time, and it may be that adoptions lag behind as fewer people visit us. Donations of supplies and money will be needed now more than ever. And if you know someone who is looking to add to their family, this may be the time for someone to find comfort in a new companion.
If you have any questions and concerns, please don’t hesitate contact us at 262-677-4388 or firstname.lastname@example.org. One things remains our focus…the animals in our care, and the health and well-being of our community. Know that, if we all work together, we can weather this “storm” and eventually put it behind us.
WCHS is doing animal viewings by appointment. We ask that you fill out the online interactive application, which is located above the available animal pictures. After completing the application, we will review the application, which may include needing to call a landlord/condo association & a vet records check. Once we are able to complete the check we will call you to set up a time to view the animals. If there is a particular animal you were interested please let us know upon setting up your appointment.