BGWC Humane Society’s Response to COVID - 19 & FAQs March 19, 2020
As communities continue to make difficult decisions in response to COVID-19 (a novel coronavirus that is spread person-to-person) and new cases being confirmed every day, the Bowling Green/Warren County 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 adoption and intake services will continue as normal as possible, and we have increased our already strict protocols designed to limit disease transmission. We are limiting the number of people that enter the lobby areas at one time, and we have protocols about that posted at our entrances. We will communicate any new developments. 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.
How Can I Prepare in Case I Get Sick? The BGWC Humane Society 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 microchipped.
How Can I Help the Animals at the BGWC Humane Society? The best way you can help the BGWC Humane Society is to donate or become a temporary foster for a pet, in order to provide room for new incoming pets. We expect the economic uncertainty caused by coronavirus to impact us. Currently, we are not sending adoptable pets into foster, as the best option is for them to be adopted, but we are compiling a list of people who are willing to help if it comes to that. We want to be ahead of the game just in case. **If you are interested in fostering, please visit http://www.bgshelterpets.com/foster-application.html and fill out one of our foster applications. **If you are interested in donating, please visit http://www.bgshelterpets.com/donate.html.
Is It Safe to Visit the BGWC Humane Society? 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 to come to the BGWC Humane Society, 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 critters in our care.
What about Volunteering at the BGWC Humane Society? 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 volunteering until further notice. The community will still be able to browse our facility to adopt and become a temporary foster, but in order to reduce foot traffic and maintain the safety of our community, volunteers will not be allowed at this time.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we encourage you to regularly consult the websites for the CDC and the The Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services. As always, contact your veterinarian and your physician if you suspect that you or your pet has been exposed to the virus.
On a daily basis, we will be in communication and continuously evaluating adjustments to new safety information for our community. Please contact us if you have any information or concerns you would like to share.
During difficult times like these, we are so grateful for our supporters and animal lovers alike. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Members at the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society
Please follow our Facebook page @BGWCHS for the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 and organizational adjustments for the safety of the community.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10AM-4:30PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM, Sunday 12-4PM Closed Wednesday *Veterinary services are not available every day. Please call ahead to confirm that a Vet is available.* Our Vet normally does examinations on animals between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Other services may be available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
1924 Louisville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101 Fax Number 270-783-9474 After Hours EMERGENCY 270-202-9136