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Friday, 13 March 2020 14:06

Coronavirus and KHS: Updates

We will provide updates about COVID-19 and how this impacts our operations at this page. Please check this page often.

March 30, 2020 update:

The Kentucky Humane Society's COVID-19 Pet Food Bank is here to help pet owners economically impacted by the pandemic. Learn more

 

March 26, 2020 update from Lori Redmon, KHS President & CEO:

#HealthyatHome: KHS Announces Shelter Changes Due to Coronavirus

Dear KHS Supporters,

We are committed to the health and safety of our pets and the community during this difficult time. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kentucky Humane Society is closing shelter operations to the public after March 27. All current employees whose jobs are not directly related to animal care have been asked to work remotely.

As an organization whose mission is dedicated to being a champion for companion animals, this was an extremely difficult decision to make, but we believe this is the best way we can contribute to #TeamKentucky and help keep Kentuckians safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

While we are closed to the public, we are busy making sure the animals in our care are safe, healthy and happy:

  • Our incredible foster families are caring for over 200 shelter animals
  • Our veterinary staff is making sure all our animals continue to receive their regularly scheduled medical care
  • Our shelter team is busy providing animals at the shelter daily care, enrichment and extra play time and cuddles.

Because of a mandate from the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners to postpone all nonessential medical procedures, we have had to temporarily suspend all spay/neuter surgeries. To help save human lives during the pandemic, we are donating extra PPE (personal protective equipment) to Kentucky hospitals and nursing homes in need.

There are a lot of unknowns for all us right now, but with your help, we’ll be there for the animals now and after the pandemic. We hope to resume more normal operations on April 20.

Q: Can I still adopt?

A. Yes, we are doing dog and cat adoptions by appointment only. Please check our adoptable dogs and adoptable cats pages to see which animals are currently available for adoption. To respect social distancing, we ask that adopters first fill out an online dog application or cat application. A counselor will call you to go over your application and schedule a time for you to meet your animal.

Q: Are you accepting incoming animals?

A: During this time, we are limiting the number of incoming animals. We are accepting owner-surrender animals on an emergency basis only and are not accepting strays or transports from other shelters. We encourage pet owners to wait to surrender their pet and rehome pets to friends and family if they're able to do so. If this is not an option, we recommend Adopt-a-Pet’s rehoming tool.

Q: What about the animals currently at KHS?

A: The animals at KHS are not at risk, and we will continue to care for their physical and emotional needs during the pandemic. Our goal is to get as many animals as possible into homes to reduce stress on the animals and our staff.

Q: What resources does KHS have for pet owners impacted by the pandemic?

A: If you are facing an emergency and your pet is at risk, please call the KHS Pet Help Line, 502-509-4738 or email [email protected] We answer the phones seven days a week. The Pet Help Line receives over 1,000 calls or emails a week, so we ask that you leave a message so we can call or email you back.

On March 30, KHS will be opening a COVID-19 Pet Food Bank to help provide food to pet owners impacted by the economic crisis. Learn more

Our Pet Resorts are currently open for boarding dogs and cats. This may become a vital service if pet owners become too ill to care for their beloved animals and need emergency boarding.

We also have limited grant monies to provide other assistance to help financially struggling families keep their pets in their homes. Call the Pet Help Line if you are facing a crisis that is impacting your ability to keep your animal.

Need some inspiring stories during these difficult times? Follow our social media channels while you’re #SaferatHome.

Q: How can I help?

A: First of all, THANK YOU! You can help by:

Adopting: Check out our adoptable dog and adoptable cat pages to see available animals and learn about the adoption process.

Foster: We are fortunate to have a large number of foster volunteers and are relying on current foster families to meet our foster needs. If you are interested in fostering an animal should we need more foster families, see our foster page for information.

Donate: Animals in our community and state continue to need you. YOUR support is vital to our ability to help animals now and after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. We receive no government funding and are not associated with any other national or local humane society. Please consider making a donation to help us care for the animals during and after this time. www.kyhumane.org/donate

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KEEP IN TOUCH

This is a constantly evolving situation, so please check this webpage for changes. And if you are looking for good news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @kyhumane.
Sincerely,

Lori Redmon
President & CEO
Kentucky Humane Society


March 24, 2020 update:

Grooming Suspended

Following Gov. Beshear's March 23 press briefing, grooming at our Eastpoint and Fern Creen Pet Resorts are being suspended at the end of the day. We are calling all clients with scheduled appointments to let them know.

 

March 23, 2020 update:

Adoptions at All Feeders Supply Closed

Today, we closed our adoption centers at all Feeders Supply stores. For now, adoptions at our East Campus continue but with significant restrictions on the number of adopters allowed in, and Purrfect Day Café is providing cat adoptions by appointment only. If you are interested in adopting, please check our website to learn the latest policy changes and to view our adoptable animals.

S.N.I.P. Clinic Closed

The American Veterinary Medication Association has recommended that veterinary clinics temporarily suspend spay/neuter surgeries as a way to save dwindling PPE (personal protection equipment) for human use. As an animal welfare organization that is committed to reducing pet overpopulation, this has been extremely difficult for us, but we understand the seriousness of this shortage. We are contacting everyone with a spay/neuter appointment. Once restrictions are lifted, we will re-open and give priority to those who had appointments scheduled before the closure. 

  

March 18, 2020 update:

Healthy Pets Clinic Closed

Our Healthy Pets Clinic is now closed and we are not seeing any patients. We will update our website and Facebook when the clinic reopens later this year.

 

March 17, 2020, update:

A message from Lori Redmon, KHS President & CEO

 

Dear Friends,

I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and connected during these challenging times. I wanted to update you on what we are doing at the Kentucky Humane Society to help our staff, volunteers and community stay safe while serving the needs of vulnerable animals. Changes are happening daily, so please check for updates on this website before coming to a KHS location.

Like everyone, we are in a tough situation, and anticipate staff shortages due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As Kentucky’s largest animal welfare organization and pet adoption agency, we provide critically important services to the animals.

As of today, we are caring for over 300 dogs, cats and horses. To make sure that we have enough staffing to care for the animals, we need your help and cooperation. For information on what services are closed or reduced, please see the below information.

 

URGENT NEED – ADOPT

For now, we remain open for adoptions, and this is a great way you can directly help needy animals. Following federal recommendations, we are limiting the number of visitors at all KHS locations, including at our East Campus adoption center (1000 Lyndon Lane) and Purrfect Day Café. If you arrive at East Campus and there are 10 people (including staff) at the adoption center, we will ask you to wait in your car until current guests leave. Purrfect Day Café is limiting visitors to 6. Purrfect Day Café requires appointments, which can be made online. At our Feeders Supply adoption centers, we ask that you wait your turn (at a six foot distance) to speak to the adoption counselor. Again, this could change, so please check our website before visiting a KHS location.

A few things to remember when visiting a KHS adoption center:

  • Stay home if you are sick, coughing, sneezing or feverish. For everyone’s safety, no exceptions!
  • If you plan on coming to adopt, thank you! We have wonderful animals looking for forever homes. But please be patient if our staff ask you to wait in your car or come back at another time. View adoptable dogs and adoptable cats and their locations. 
  • If you just want to just look around or say “hi” to the animals, do not visit.
  • Please respect personal space. We are choosing social distancing whenever possible.

 

VOLUNTEER UPDATE

We are suspending volunteering at all KHS locations except our Willow Hope Farm and in our foster homes. It pains us to do this, but to protect everyone’s health, we think this is the best option at the moment. Equine volunteers are excluded because social distancing is easier at the farm and we have fragile foals who need frequent feedings. We are grateful for our 200+ foster families who are providing a safe and warm place for many of our young and delicate animals.

 

URGENT NEED – DONATIONS

The COVID-19 pandemic is going to impact us financially. We are anticipating significant loss of revenue in every category, which will harm our ability to care for needy animals.

  • Event revenue. We are having to postpone fundraising events to keep our community safe.
  • Adoption revenue. We anticipate fewer adoptions and thus less revenue to care for animals.
  • Dog training classes. We have canceled all dog training classes.
  • S.N.I.P. Clinic. We remain committed to providing affordable spay/neuter services, and are reducing our surgery schedule to limit foot traffic and will have clients come in to the building one-by-one.
  • Healthy Pets Clinic. While the clinic remains open for vaccines and preventatives, we are not providing diagnostics. nail trims or ear cleanings. We are requesting that clients check in at the front desk and return to their cars until it’s time for our veterinary team to see their animals.
  • Eastpoint and Fern Creek Pet Resorts. Our Pet Resorts remain open, but we are experiencing cancellations as people’s travel plans change. We are changing Doggie Daycare and grooming drop-off procedures to curb-side check-in to reduce the number of people in the lobbies.
  • Individual gifts. Donations from individuals like you help keep our lights on, our animals fed and allow us to provide essential services to vulnerable animals. We have already seen a drop in donations. Can you help our animals with your gift? Every donation, large and small, is critically important for our animals! Donate Now

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STAY UP-TO-DATE

To keep up-to-date on what’s happening at KHS in regards to COVID-19, and for tips on creating an emergency plan for your pet in case you become ill, please refer to this webpage, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kyhumane.

Thank you for being a friend of the animals and a member of the KHS community. We are grateful for you, and we hope that you and your love ones remain well. Together, we will get through this!
Thank you for your compassion.

Lori Redmon
President & CEO
Kentucky Humane Society


 

March 13, 2020 update:

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 (a novel coronavirus that is spread person-to-person) on the rise, the Kentucky Humane Society is preparing for the impact this may have on the well-being of the animals in our care, our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve.

While information about the virus's impact is changing almost daily, as of now, our services will continue as normal as possible, and we have increased our already strict protocols designed to limit disease transmission. We will communicate any new developments on this web page. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation together!

 

Emergency Pet Planning for Coronavirus

As communities respond to coronavirus, it is important to have plans for your pets as well as yourself. The virus has been identified in Kentucky, and to keep families together, we ask that you include your pets in plans you make in response to this emerging situation.

 

Can I Catch the Virus from My Pet or Vice Versa? 

The Centers for Disease Control  and the World Organization for Animal Health have issued advisories saying there is no evidence that companion animals can contract or spread the virus and “there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.”

 

What Happens to My Pet if I Get Sick?

Keep your pet home with you, avoid close contact and practice good hygiene. Make plans with family or friends or a pet boarding facility to care for your animals in case you are hospitalized. The CDC recommends the following: “You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, 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. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, 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 pets and wear a facemask.”

 

How Can I Prepare in Case I Get Sick?

KHS encourages pet owners to have an emergency preparedness plan for their pets for whatever issue comes up, including illness. A pet emergency plan includes:

  • Identifying family members or friends who can care for your pets if you can no longer take care of your pet.
  • Having crates, pet food, leash/collar and extra supplies ready.
  • Making sure your pets’ vaccines are all up-to-date and you have a copy of the veterinary records, in case you need to board your animal. Pet boarding facilities typically require that incoming pets are current on vaccines.
  • If your pet is on medication or a prescription diet, have extra medication and food on hand and have dosages and administering instructions documented. Also include your veterinarian’s contact information.
  • Each pet should have a collar with an I.D. tag and should be micro-chipped.

 

How Can I Help the Animals at KHS?

The best way you can help the animals at KHS is to donate. KHS does not receive any government funds, and our lifesaving mission is funded solely by tax-deductible donations and the money we raise through services such as our Pet Resorts. We expect the economic uncertainty caused by coronavirus will impact us.

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Is It Safe to Visit KHS?

Our work is critically important to animals and the people who love them. We are taking special precautions, including increased cleaning and disinfecting, not permitting any sick staff or volunteers to come to KHS, following CDC workplace guidelines, and adhering to our already stringent disease transmission prevention protocols. We want to take every reasonable precaution we can to protect the health of our staff, volunteers and community – while continuing our commitment to the needy dogs, cats and horses in our care.

 

Will KHS Events Continue?

Following recommendations by the Kentucky Governor’s Office and Louisville Mayor’s Office, we have made the decision to delay large events that were to take place before April 6. This includes new volunteer orientations, the open house at our Willow Hope Farm and our Kitten Shower.

 

What about Volunteering at KHS?

Our volunteers are vital to the well-being of our animals and are so appreciated by our staff. However, following the statewide decision to close schools, we have suspended Student Volunteering (under age 18) from March 14 through April 5. Healthy adult volunteers are welcome, but we strongly encourage older adult volunteers (starting at age 60) or those with serious underlying health conditions to not volunteer at this time.

 

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