COVID UPDATE 12/2/2020: DCSPCA Adoptions by Appointment Only

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Updated December 2, 2020

Thank you to everyone who is fostering a pet, applied to foster a pet, made a donation or dropped off items from our wishlist! We truly appreciate your support during these challenging, but temporary, times. We continue to conduct adoptions by appointment only.

1. We are still accepting applications for foster families.  We are asking for volunteers to temporarily house and feed healthy, adoptable animals—especially older and special needs cats. If interested in becoming a foster, please fill out this form.

2. If you are interested in adopting a pet:
We are currently only open by appointment for adoptions. Please visit the ADOPT page on our website to view available animals. If you see a pet you’d like to meet, complete their application and submit it. An adoption counselor will review it and if approved, you will be contacted to make an appointment to meet the pet. Thank you for your patience.

3. The medical clinic is currently closed to the public and will re-open in early spring as a vaccine clinic ONLY. If you need a wellness visit or have a sick pet, you must go to your regular veterinarian.
4. The Dutchess County SPCA Thrift Store is following its regular schedule until further notice.
5. For cremation services: Please call 845-452-7722, x-425 to make an appointment for drop off. We will offer curbside service, so you remain in your vehicle.

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The DCSPCA recommends community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event community is impacted by the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household comes ill and is hospitalized.

Make a preparedness plan for your pets:

  1. Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
  2. Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
  3. Have crates, food and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
  4. All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
  5. Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
  6. Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.

The Dutchess County SPCA 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.

Important information is available through the following resources:

We will continue to assess our plan as this situation evolves. DCSPCA is committed to helping the pets and people of Dutchess County get through this crisis. For updates, please check our website www.dcspca.org and Facebook page (@DCSPCA).

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The mission of the Dutchess County SPCA is to make the community safe and humane for companion animals and people in Dutchess County, New York.  Established in 1871, the shelter provides temporary accommodations for stray and homeless companion animals in an environment that meets or exceeds the needs of the companion animals, encourage adoptions with new families, and accessibility to veterinary wellness treatment.  To make a charitable financial contribution, please call (845) 452-7722 or visit dcspca.org

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