Updates & Resources COVID-19

As a small, 100% volunteer-run, donation-based rescue, we at Kitty Kat Haven (KKH) are doing our best to put the safety and needs of our community and their pets first during these rapidly changing times. The decisions announced here have not been made lightly, but ones we feel are necessary to preserve social distancing and the health and welfare of our community. We at KKH will continue to be a reliable resource to our pet community during this time of need.

UPDATE 5/17/20 –

  • Our Program Center is open with limited hours: Tuesdays 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Starting June 1st we will open our Pet Food Bank program “Pet Pantry” to individuals again. Please call 360-388-5073, if you need pet food, pickups are Tuesdays afternoons. You MUST have called ahead of time to get food.
  • We are waiving the surrender fee for new adult cat intakes, but you MUST still get the FIV/Felv combo test before surrender. You MUST set up an intake appointment to surrender your cat to us. Here are our http://kittykathaven.org/adopt/intake-requirements/
  • OPERATIONS & EVENTS – We continue with our “virtual” operations. Most of our activities will occur by social media, phone, email, or Zoom. We have put in place essential practices that will preserve social distancing. Please see our activities page for current events/contest/virtual adoptions

Supplies & Donations – We at KKH appreciate the generosity of our community and rely solely on your donations to help us continue the vital work we do within our community.  Please consider donating via our Amazon Wishlist or setting up a monthly donation at http://kittykathaven.org/donate/ 

Operations

We at KKH have transitioned to “virtual” operations. Most of our activities will occur by social media, phone, email, or Zoom. We have put in place essential practices that will preserve social distancing.

Changes due to COVID

  • ALL IN PERSON EVENTS have been canceled. We will continue to adopt our cats by scheduling “Meet & Greets” at our cat building and conducting our adoption interviews over the phone.
  • We at KKH are currently reviewing options on how we can continue to accept new cats from the public, but as we work to establish protocols that ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, we may have to temporarily suspend new surrenders. We are currently exploring several options, so stay tuned for exciting new programs!

We at KKH want to help make sure pets who need food can get it. To help stop spread the disease, we have temporarily stopped providing direct distribution of food to individuals. We are instead donating it to other local groups to give out the pet food collected through our Pet Pantry program.  

  • We are encouraging donors to buy food and supplies from our Amazon Wish list.
  • We will continue to collect unopened pet food at the following stores where you can drop off your donation during business hours.
    • Totally Pawsome, (closed Sundays) 360-748-2905
      • 470 N Market Blvd, Chehalis
    • Petsense 360- 748-8051
      • 1405 NW Louisiana Ave, Chehalis
    • Kiajas 360- 748-4221
      • 623 NW State Ave, Chehalis

 

One last word… Our small group at KKH cannot do all of this alone. We are asking for help from within our community. We have MANY different volunteer opportunities, from packing bags to coordinating with volunteers to monitoring requests. Some of these jobs can be done from the comfort of your home; others will require time at our Program Center or Cat Building. KKH will be, of course, following the health officials’ recommendations to reduce face-to-face contact and will be holding meetings and orientations online.

It takes a community in which we all do our part to meet the needs of our neighbors and our precious furry companions. Community members who are eager to help offset the potential impact on our pets are encouraged to inquire here on Facebook or email us directly at kittyhavenWA@gmail.com.

 

For the most up to date resources on COVID -19 please visit the CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage –  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

For trusted sources on up-to-date information for pets and people, we recommend the following:

Videos:

COVID-19 and your pet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N2byr97MfI#action=share

How do viruses jump from animals to humans? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjcsrU-ZmgY

The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtN-goy9VOY

Pet Parent resources:

  • Make a disaster plan for your pets (remember to plan for ALL pets)

How to keep pets safe in natural disasters and everyday emergencies https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/make-disaster-plan-your-pets

Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit from the CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/emergencies/pet-disaster-prep-kit.html

        If you have some free time on your hands why not learn something new regarding how to care for you furry family member, Best Friends Society has articles on caring for ALL types of animals. Resources – Pet care and shelter info from animal experts https://resources.bestfriends.org/

Rehoming Your Pet

     Remember that “you are your pet’s best option for finding a new home. You might think shelters or rescue groups would be more adept at placing the pet because we have experience, facilities, screening guidelines, etc. But, an individual, particularly one who knows the animal, can focus all his or her efforts on that pet, provide the most information to prospective adopters, and best determine the appropriateness of a new home. Also, any shelter or sanctuary is stressful for an animal. The shelter setting, no matter how nice, can bring on stress-related problems. Anxiety, aggression, and even illness are common and these natural reactions may make adoption difficult or impossible”. – Best Friends Animal Society

Give your self time, the rehoming process takes, at the minimum, several days.  https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/rehome-my-dog-cat-or-other-pet

Companion Animal Professionals

For those of you who work in the professional companion animal world or like us, who work closely with our vet, these sites are very informational:

AVMA has an excellent webpage full of answers on COVID-19. https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) https://wsava.org/news/highlighted-news/the-new-coronavirus-and-companion-animals-advice-for-wsava-members/

The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) https://www.nacanet.org/covid19/