COVID-19: Update to Our Shelter Operations
On Thursday night Governor Newsom issued a statewide Stay at Homeorder to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This has led to questions about what will happen to the animals in our care, as well as what you can still do with your pets. Rest assured that San Diego Humane Society will continue to be here for both companion and wild animals throughout San Diego County.
As for your pets, you can still take your dogs for a walk, you’ll have access to veterinary care and pet supply stores can remain open. For many, it’s a great time to appreciate the joy and unconditional love that animals bring to our lives.
Due to the Governor’s order, and to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and guests, we’ve temporarily suspended the following services: Community Spay/Neuter, public vaccine and microchip clinics, and in-person licensing (licensing is still available online). Other than that, we’re available for any emergency need you have with your pets as well as the following essential services — just call us at 619-299-7012:
- Adoptions: We’ve moved our adoptions process to appointment only. This will help ensure we can limit the number of visitors in the shelter, but still provide opportunities for pets to find new homes. If you have an existing appointment, it will be honored. If you would like to schedule an appointment to adopt an animal,please call us. The flow of animals into shelters will not slow due to COVID-19, so we'll continue providing adoption services in this way.
- Foster: Since the only thing that’s safe to hug these days is your own pet, now is a great time to foster one! We’re now working through our current foster list but will surely need more soon. You can sign up to be added to the foster list here.
- Lost & Found: We’re still taking in and caring for stray animals, but if you’ve found a pet you can temporarily care for, we’ll help reunite the animal and owner without you having to come to the shelter. If you’ve lost an animal, rest assured that we’re here to help you find your pet.
- Owner Surrenders: We never turn an animal away. However, if it’s possible, we’re asking anyone who can delay relinquishing their pet to consider doing so. Here’s helpful information about how to rehome your pet. If you need to relinquish your pet immediately, you can do so by appointment.
- Humane Law Enforcement: Our officers are still working every day to protect animals and our community by responding to emergency calls. If you need us, we’ll be there.
- PAWS Services: We’re here for anyone who needs help for their pets, including rescue groups. We’ve begun distributing 70,000 pounds of pet food to those in need. Anyone can visit any of our locations between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up a bag of dog or cat food, as well as other supplies, such as cat litter, pet treats and pet beds while supplies last.
This is a whole new world and we’re in this together! In addition to the help we’re providing our community, we’re looking for ways to bring you joy in these difficult times through our Instagram and Facebookplatforms. If you haven’t tuned into our Humane at Home series or entered your pet in March Meowness, I encourage you to do so and hope these bring a smile to your face.
These are hard times for sure, but it’s because of friends like you that we’re here for animals in both good times and bad. Thank you for sharing our passion for animals and for partnering with us to Inspire Compassion.
Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO
San Diego Humane Society
Published: March 23, 2020