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Humane Shelter of Steuben County Shifting to Appointment Only
Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County is putting a few precautionary procedures in place to ensure the safety for their shelter community.

The shelter has officially shifted to appointment hours only. Shelter officials will be taking reservations during regular business hours for meet and greets for serious adopters. At this time, the general public without an appointment will not be permitted to enter the shelter. Officials with the organization say they will be limiting the shelter capacity to no more than ten individuals in the shelter at any given time.

In addition, the shelter is also putting a temporary halt to volunteers.

The shelter also advises that the animals in their care need homes now more than ever. To schedule an appointment for pet adoption, please call the shelter at 260.833.2877.

The board and staff of the Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County will continue to keep the public updated on any developments to services through their webpage and Facebook.

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe:
The ASPCA has posted some information that can help keep your pets safe during this crisis. Below is information that they have shared on their website.

Can My Pet Contract the Coronavirus?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the disease is spread to humans through person-to-person contact. There have been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill or spreading the coronavirus in the U.S. Likewise, the World Health Organization has stated that there is no evidence that dogs or cats have become ill with this particular virus.

Wash Your Hands
Although there is no current evidence that suggests the coronavirus can be transmitted to or from companion animals, it’s always a good idea to follow basic hygiene practices around animals. This includes washing your hands thoroughly throughout the day and before and after direct contact with your pets, their food or their supplies.

Stock Up on Pet Supplies
Prepare a kit with essential supplies to have on hand in the event of an emergency. Your emergency kit should include a 30-day supply of your pets’ medications, as well as at least two weeks’ worth of food.

Designate an Emergency Caregiver
Proactively identify someone who could help with their short- or long-term care in the event you are unable to care for your pet. Consider a family member, friend, neighbor or your favorite boarding facility.

Create a Pet Dossier
If your emergency caregiver’s assistance is needed, make it easier for them by having all of your pets’ information in one place. Consider including things like habits, food preferences, medical conditions and medications taken, veterinarian contact information, and any behavioral tendencies.

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