FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2020
Kitty Kat Haven recommends staying diligent in preparations, but not overreacting to COVID-19 concerns. By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time for the unlikely event it becomes necessary to put into motion, community members can do their part to ensure animal service resources do not become overwhelmed, and their pets are spared unnecessary stress.
Community members who are eager to help offset the potential impact on pets related to COVID-19 are encouraged to inquire here kittyhavenWA@gmail.com. These decisions come out of an abundance of caution and in response to health officials’ recommendations to reduce face-to-face contact to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
Kitty Kat Haven is a small 100% volunteer-run donation based rescue, and with things rapidly changing, we are doing our best to put the safety and needs of our community and their pets need first. As resources become limited, please consider donating supplies or money, http://kittykathaven.org/donate/ As of today…
- We have canceled ALL EVENTS, including our “Adoption Saturday.” We will continue to adopt our cats out by scheduling meet & greets @ our cat building. We have had our building and cleaning procedures in place since 2013. We feel that this is the best option for not only our potential adopters but also for our cats, as it will cut down on the use of our disinfectants. We are also VERY GOOD at keeping our building germ-free.
- As of right now, we are still taking in new cats, but depending on future funds and the care of current cats, we may have to suspend new surrenders temporarily. Here is our link for our intake requirements: http://kittykathaven.org/adopt/intake-requirements/
- We have temporarily done away with the finance portion of our Pet Pantry, http://kittykathaven.org/pet-pantry/. We want to make sure everyone who needs food can get it. This being said we currently only have two part-time volunteers running the program (I’m one of them) and in order to make sure our limited resources are reaching as many people as possible, I (Valarie) will be looking for other local organizations/groups to partner with. I can’t do this alone and am asking for help within the community to connect me with people I can give pre-packed bags of food to, and have them distribute them within our community. I am available by phone (360-304-5417) Monday and Tuesdays 11 am – 5pm and @ our Program Center in downtown Chehalis (462 N. Market blvd)
As this is a fluid situation, Kitty Kat Haven asks that the public monitor its FB page https://www.facebook.com/KittyKatHaven and our website, http://kittykathaven.org/ for updates, as our programs are subject to change based on guidance received from larger, more knowledgeable, resources.
This precautionary measure does not mean that shelter animals are in danger of either contracting or transmitting this infection.
Great resources for pet parents:
Pets and COVID-19: Information for Pet Parents https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/c/covid19
CDC Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit – https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/emergencies/pet-disaster-prep-kit.html
All of the following resources came from University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA): What Veterinarians Need to Know About COVID-19
World Small Animal Veterinary Association – The New Coronavirus and Companion Animals
World Organization for Animal Health Frequently Asked Questions
Press Contact: Valarie Filer
Email: kittyhavenWa@gmail. com
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