HSSW Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) present in our community, it's essential to take precautions. As always, our primary concern is the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, guests, and animals. 

Our staff are closely monitoring the situation and consider recommendations from local and federal public health authorities. Recommendations for best community management of COVID-19 continue to change and HSSW will respond accordingly. 

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Adoption Center/Shelter

Please review the information below for the most current updates. This page is updated as soon as new information becomes available.

Masks Required - Update 5/5

To help ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, masks are required when visiting HSSW. For more about appropriate use of face coverings, please visit CDC.gov.

  • Adoptions

    Limited-Contact Adoptions

    A limited number of animals may be available for adoption by appointment only. Adoption services and adoptable animal spaces are closed to public visitation. Families interested in adopting an animal listed on our website may submit an Adoption Request Form located on our Adoption Process page. 

    Masks Required

    To help ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, masks are required when visiting HSSW. For more about appropriate use of face coverings, please visit CDC.gov.


    Looking for an animal that was listed on our site and is no longer?

    Don't worry. They're still here, they just aren't ready for our adoption process yet. Please check back.

  • Lost and Found

    Masks Required

    To help ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, masks are required when visiting HSSW. For more about appropriate use of face coverings, please visit CDC.gov.

    Appointment Only

    Lost and found services - including bringing in a stray animal or viewing current lost/stray pets - are available by appointment only. Available daily, 9:00-4:30.

    Arriving for an Appointment

    Doors to public spaces will remain locked during business hours. Individuals with an appointment may knock or ring the bell to notify our staff of their arrival. Please maintain a 6-foot distance from staff and volunteers during your visit and observe posted signage. 

    To make an appointment for lost/found services, please contact our team:

    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 360.213.2621

    Arriving without an appointment 

    Individuals who arrive without an appointment will be asked to wait outside of the building until the next available appointment. 

    Lost and Found Pets

    If you have found a lost/stray pet or are looking for your lost pet, please visit our lost/found page for more information.

  • Owner Surrender

    Masks Required - Update 5/5

    To help ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, masks are required when visiting HSSW. For more about appropriate use of face coverings, please visit CDC.gov.

     

    Emergency Only

    Owner surrender requests are limited only to emergency circumstances. Appointments are required - please do not arrive to surrender your pet without an appointment. Learn more here.

  • Volunteering

    Currently On Hold

    All new volunteer orientations are currently suspended. Shifts for all current, active volunteers are still available.

    We value the help of our volunteers and are grateful for their support during challenging times. We hope to welcome new volunteers soon. Updates and orientations will be posted on our volunteer page when available. 

  • Pet Food Assistance

    Masks Required - Update 5/5

    To help ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, masks are required when visiting HSSW. For more about appropriate use of face coverings, please visit CDC.gov.

    Limited Hours

    CHOW pick-up and enrollment processes have changed in order to keep our staff and guests safe. 

    To register for CHOW: enrollment for CHOW should be completed via email. To enroll, please email [email protected] stating your need. A staff member will return your message as soon as possible.

    To pick up CHOW food (for families already registered): Distribution is available Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 am - Noon. Curbside pick-up only. Please arrive at the Animal Admissions door (on the south side of the building) and observe responsible social distancing when picking up your food. 

    Questions? 

    Please call 360.693.4746
    [email protected]

  • Low-Cost Spay & Neuter

    Temporarily Suspended

    Spay & Save has been temporarily suspended. We expect to reopen this program soon. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  • Tours and Youth Education Programs

    Temporarily Suspended

    All tours, youth programs, and volunteer orientations have been cancelled until our team can determine the safety practices of these programs. Please continue to check back for updates. 

ReTails Thrift Store

ReTails Thrift Store will remain closed due to our governor's request that only essential operations remain open. This closure includes donations - please, do not leave any donations at the store or the donation site at the Humane Society.

Please check ReTails Thrift Store webpage or follow us on Facebook for updates.

COVID-19 and Pets

Our team is monitoring daily updates from health professionals to best understand how pets may be impacted by COVID-19. 

  • People-to-Pet Transmission - Updated 4/7

    We’ve been keeping a close eye on the rapidly changing developments, and we continue to follow the experts’ recommendations and guidelines when caring for shelter animals.

    Because it seems likely that humans infected with COVID-19 can potentially transmit the virus to their pets, the CDC and others have issued a recommendation that if you become ill, you should limit close contact with your pets. 

    Check out this helpful guide for more information and review the updates below. 

    Get the facts

    Links to current recommendations about pets and COVID-19:

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    American Veterinary Medical Association

    Social distancing with your animals is as important as with people. That goes for distancing from humans and other animals. If someone in your home becomes will with the virus, separate your animals from the person who is ill.

    If you have questions or think your pet might be ill, contact your veterinarian by mail or phone. It’s important that you not show up without a conversation and a plan.

  • Your Pet Plan - Updated 4/7

    Your Pet Plan

    The most important thing you can do at this time is to make a plan. Your pet plan should include information to help someone care for your pet, as well as a kit with the essentials your pet will need.

    Temporary caregiver

    In the event you are hospitalized or need to be separated from your pet, have two people identified that can watch your pet temporarily.

    Prepare a pet supply kit

    • Name/contact information for the person who will care for your pets
    • Name/contact information of the backup person
    • Food, treats, leash, toys and other supplies for at least two weeks
    • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
    • Health records
    • Collar with ID tags – make sure your microchip information is up to date.
    • Medications and prescriptions with instructions.
    • Daily care instructions
    • Veterinarian’s contact information

     


How You Can Help

As our community responds to COVID-19, we remain committed to providing essential care and support for the animals who rely on us. We need your support now more than ever.  

Please consider making a one-time or recurring donation to help your humane society in these challenging times.

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We know shifting our lifestyles to adapt to new changes can be challenging. We're here with you and making the same accommodations in our own lives - both personally and professionally - to make sure we can be here for the People + Dogs + Cats who need us.