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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Update 8/12/20: COVID-19 and Pets + Shelter News

Christina Obriant - Intake

COVID 19 UPDATE and SHELTER UPDATE

How to protect pets if you are sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.

When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. For more info: CDC.gov

  • We highly recommend having a plan in place should you become ill and are unable to care for your pets. Designate a caretaker and make sure they understand their diet, vet information, medications, microchip information and make sure they know where to find their medical records. Create a to-go bag with this information that can be utilized in case of an emergency with food, medications, treats, a leash, poop bags, crate, litterbox, and toys.

As a standard best practice, we ask that all pets have proper ID tags with contact information and that their microchip is up to date. This will help your neighbors get your pet back to you in the event they go missing, and will prevent them from having to enter the shelter.

If you find a lost pet, first file a stray animal report online, hold the pet you found, and attempt to get the pet back to its owners through posting flyers and using Nextdoor and Lost and Found pages on social media.

Q: Are you open? Are you requiring masks?

A: Yes! Our intake and adoption center are open during regular business hours. To expedite your visit, we asking those interested in meeting a pet to complete an adoption application online via online applications. You may visit pet profiles online at http://www.adoptwcac.org

We are requiring all visitors, volunteers and staff to wear facial coverings. Before entering the building, visitors will be asked to wear face protection and maintain social distancing as outlined in Governor Bill Lee’s Tennessee pledge and the Declaration of Public Health Emergency issued July 7, 2020 by Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, to begin July 8, 2020 and set to expire August 29, 2020. Read the declaration at: https://www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20865/executive-order-54 

Additionally, staff and volunteers are required to have temperature checks before entering the building.

Q: How can I help?

A: First of all, THANK YOU! There are several ways you can help directly or from home!

FOSTER

Kitten season is in full swing and kitten foster homes are needed now! If you have an extra room in your home and time to spare for TLC, we will teach you everything you need to know! We will provide food, bedding, litter and supplies, medical care. If you are interested in fostering a pet, please visit http://www.adoptwcac.org/159/Fostering and complete a foster application online to join our foster roster. Our foster coordinator will be in touch with you as soon as there’s a good match!

DONATE

Current needs for the shelter animals visit our wish list.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty and need pet food assistance, our non-profit partner Friends of Williamson County Animal Center has partnered with Graceworks, The Well, One Generation Away, FSSD, and Williamson County Schools to help those in need. Additionally, if you would like to donate food, simply drop off sealed food in the blue bins located at the front of our building.

Financial donations can also be made through our non-profit partner: https://www.friendsofwcac.org/

FOLLOW US AND SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

With our shelter having less walk-in traffic, our animals need exposure online now more than ever. We post our pets daily on Facebook and Instagram @wcanimalcenter. Visit all adoptable animals online at http://www.adoptwcac.org Sharing is caring! You might inspire a friend to adopt, foster or donate!

Q: Are you still holding monthly rabies clinics?

A: Great question! Yes! Check our calendar for a list of future dates. All are welcome. Social distancing and facial coverings are required.

Q: Are you still holding free spay/neuter clinics for outdoor cats of Williamson County?

A: Yes! For a list of dates and how to make an appointment, please visit: http://www.adoptwcac.org/173/SpayNeuter-Program

Q: Is the dog park behind the shelter open?

A: Yes. The dog park is open until dusk daily. 

Q: Are children able to volunteer?

A: At this time, we are restricting the number of visitors in the building, and the book buddies program for ages 4-10 is suspended.

Q: How can I become a volunteer at Williamson County Animal Center?

A: Fill out a volunteer application on line, and we will contact you when training resumes. You must be 14 yrs. to become a cat volunteer and 16 yrs. to become a dog volunteer.

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