Shelter announces adoption
special, emergency foster program
11, 2020 – With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
on the rise worldwide, it is important for Otsego County residents to include
their pets in preparedness plans.
Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) joins the
Humane Society of the United States and The Association for Animal Welfare
Advancement in suggesting community members create a preparedness plan that
includes their pets in the event Otsego County is impacted by the virus that
causes COVID-19. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any
natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should identify family members
or friends to care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill and is
a preparedness plan for your pets:
- Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets
if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
- Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event
boarding your pet becomes necessary.
- Have crates, food, and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case
moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it
becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
- All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding
- Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and
administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing
veterinarian is also helpful.
- Pets should have identification including a collar with current
identification tags and a registered microchip.
SQSPCA recommends staying diligent in preparations, but not overreacting to
COVID-19 concerns. By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time for the
unlikely event it becomes necessary to put such a plan into motion, community
members can do their part to ensure animal service resources do not become
overwhelmed and their pets are spared unnecessary stress. Community members who
are eager to help offset the potential impact of COVID-19 on pets are encouraged
to inquire about fostering.
the meantime, the SQSPCA has put together a preparedness plan of its own,
including an adoption special this Friday and Saturday designed to free up
space in the facility.
Emergency Preparedness Foster Program will have two components,” said SQSPCA
Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “Part one of the program will depend upon
volunteers who sign up to assist as a foster home in the event the shelter
staff are quarantined and unable to come to the shelter to care for the
such a case, we will ask that fosters take the animals into their homes for up
to three weeks or until enough staff are able to return to the facility,”
two of the program will involve recruiting volunteers who would be willing to
take animals in from homes where folks have fallen ill and have no family or
friends to help care for their pets. Again, this could be a commitment for up
to three weeks,” Haynes said.
can sign up to assist with one or both parts of the program. To register as an
Emergency Preparedness Foster Program volunteer, please call the shelter at
(607) 547-8111, extension 108, or e-mail email@example.com.
be alarmed if you call on Thursday, March 12 and don’t get an answer,” added
Haynes. “The shelter will be closed all day for an emergency planning session.”
– on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 – the SQSPCA reopens with a “Free
Over Three” adoption promotion. Adoption fees for all cats and dogs three years
and up will be waived in order to reduce shelter populations if COVID-19
concerns become a reality.
additional cases of the coronavirus continue to be confirmed in New York State,
our intent is to decrease the number of animals in the shelter should COVID-19
impact our staff’s ability to care for them,” Haynes explained.
World Small Animal Veterinary Association states that there is no evidence that
companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19. This is also the
view of the World Health Organization. As this is a rapidly evolving situation,
people with confirmed COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people as well
About the Susquehanna
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
In operation since 1917, the
Susquehanna SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization committed to caring for
homeless, surrendered, and seized companion animals and finding them loving,
forever homes. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org
Humane Society of the United States
in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates around the
globe fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with
millions of supporters, the HSUS takes on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy
hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries, and together with its
affiliates, rescues and provides direct care for over 100,000 animals every
year. The HSUS works on reforming corporate policy, improving and enforcing
laws and elevating public awareness on animal issues. More at
About The Association
for Animal Welfare Advancement
in 1970, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement develops strong leaders,
promotes stands of practice and cultivates collaboration to advance the animal
welfare profession with a united voice. The Association for Animal Welfare
Advancement is committed to raising the level of expertise for all
professionals in animal welfare and animal care and control, as they believe
the impact of their work will save more animals’ lives.