As you all are aware the crisis we are facing is changing almost by the hour. We have closed The Animal Protection League to the public. The bottom line is no matter what, the staff and volunteers of APL are on the front lines and will need to continue to care for the animals. We simply cannot stay home. We are going to need help from our volunteers, former adopters and fosters to help us during this critical time. If you can bring one of our animals into your home to help make room for the animals who will continue to pour through our doors, that would be tremendously helpful.
We are following all the sanitation protocols suggested. Our goal is to do everything we can to keep our staff, volunteers and public safe while continuing to care for our animals.
If you are wanting to help us; please do not come sick. We cannot afford for any of our staff to be sidelined. Please follow the 6 foot distance, wash your hands multiple times -- when you get to the shelter and when you leave. Also disinfect everything you touch... door handles, cages etc. When you cough or sneeze do so into your elbow.
Stay safe. How we act during this trying time is going to determine who we are as a country.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AT APL
The Animal Protection League is launching a checklist of protocols to ensure that no shelter pet lives are lost as a result of the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak. The health and safety of our pets and the community is our top priority. According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could spread Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Beginning March 17, 2020, The Animal Protection League is closing to the public. We have made this decision to protect our staff and volunteers, our animals, and the public. We will monitor the situation as this crisis is changing day to day and protocol may change. This does not affect Animal Control.
Our facility remains open for adoptions by appointment only. If you are interested in adopting, visit inapl.org/adoptable-dogs or inapl.org/adoptable-cats for up-to-date information on pets currently available for adoption. Please complete an Adoption Application for the animal you are interested in, and a member of our team will contact you with more information and to set up a meet and greet appointment. This is the time when you and all members of your household will come to our facility to officially make your connection with an adoptable pet.
Foster homes needed now! We are requesting emergency foster homes that can keep pets for at least four to six weeks. The goal is to increase our foster base by 50% in case we are forced to close. If you’re interested in fostering a pet, please complete a Foster Application.
All non-essential personnel in our shelter have been asked to work remotely. That means we have a minimal staff working at the shelter right now, ensuring that pets are fed, walked and kennels are clean.
The public can also help pets in the shelter by volunteering. Caring for the animals does not stop, even if we have to close. Walking dogs, cleaning kennels and feeding, will still have to happen. Email us about volunteering at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a standard best practice, we ask that all pets have proper ID tags with contact information and that their microchip is up to date. This will help your neighbors get your pet back to you in the event they go missing, and will prevent them from having to enter the shelter.
If you find a lost pet, file a Found Report, hold the pet you found, and attempt to get the pet back to its owners through posting flyers and using Nextdoor and Lost and Found pages.
Pet owners should wait to surrender their pet and should rehome pets to friends and family if they're able to do so.
We appreciate your ongoing support at this time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Why shouldn't I surrender my (healthy) pet?
A: Right now, adoptions are down because people are avoiding being in public. Around 40% of our intake comes from owner surrenders. Those two things combined would mean a whole lot of pets coming in, but not going out into loving homes. We are trying our best to avoid overcrowding. We want to maintain space for the pets that need us.
Q: Why do you need me to hold this stray pet?
A: That’s a great question. APL is asking people who find friendly stray pets to consider fostering them until the shelter can resume normal operations. This could be around 4-6 weeks. Pets typically stay pretty close to home when they go missing, so fostering them where they are found helps get pets home much more quickly. The pets also avoid the stress of the shelter. Stray finders can take the pet to a vet clinic or to APL to check for a microchip, file a Found Report, and hold the pet to give the owner time to locate it.
Q: How can I help?
A: First of all, THANK YOU!
Foster: The shelter is also looking for fosters, who can take home a pet as APL has already reached critical capacity. APL will need fosters for all types of pets but housing for medium and large dogs and pets with medical issues will be most needed. APL provides vet care, and crates, supplies, and food when available. People can sign up to be an emergency foster caregiver.
Donate: During this critical time, APL is in need of supplies and monetary donations. View our most needed items and purchase directly from our Amazon Wish List. Please consider making a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation as well.
Volunteer: Caring for the animals does not stop, even if we have to close. Walking dogs, cleaning kennels and feeding, will still have to happen. Email us about volunteering at email@example.com.