(WWJ) Don't worry too much about the shelter pets. They're being well taken care of, according to the Michigan Humane Society, amid unprecedented and uncertain times in our state.
Spokeswoman Anna Chrisman says they are running limited services as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Adoptions are suspended for the time being; and the MHS is also closed to the public for surrender services at this time.
"Part of the reason we're doing that, obviously, is we want to follow (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) CDC guidelines in terms of social distancing and disinfectants and all of that sort of stuff," Chrisman told WWJ. "So, by eliminating some of the foot traffic that comes through our facility, not only are we helping the public to not come into contact with somebody who might potentially be sick or might be having some sort of issues, we're also helping to keep out staff safe."
However, she said, MHS animal cruelty rescue teams are still active out in the community. The pet pantry and veterinary centers also remain in service, as of Thursday.
But what about the animals during all of this?
"We actually have an amazing group of volunteers who have stepped up to take a majority of our adoptable pets into their own homes for the duration of this crisis," Chrisman said. "So we've placed dozens and dozens of animals into foster care with our phenomenal volunteers to help ease up space in the shelter. And hopefully, once everything comes to a quick resolution. we're hoping that several of those pets would've found a forever home with either a friend or family member before they ever need to come back to the shelter."
For those concerned about their own furry friends, Chrisman points to CDC reports that say pets are not believed to be a source of transmission for the coronavirus. However, health officials do recommend taking normal precautions, such as not letting pets lick your face, and washing your hands after petting.
Pet lovers who'd like to help the MHS at this time can make a financial donation at THIS LINK. Or, you can always donate cat or dog food or other needed supplies by just dropping them off outside the front door of any MHS building. Find a location HERE. People are also welcome to apply for the MHS foster program. Get more information about fostering HERE.
As for when adoptions and surrender services might be available once again, Chrisman said that's being evaluated on a day-to-day basis. "And we're hoping to find some workarounds where we can start to be able to offer other services again, just in a very different format."
To keep up with the latest information and updated from the MHS, follow them on their Facebook page at facebook.com/michiganhumane.