UPDATE 3/23/2020: DCSPCA Closed to Public, Adoptions by Appointment Only, Thrift Shoppe Closed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Updated March 23, 2020

Our Paws for a Cause Thrift Shoppe and our medical building are closed to the publicThe  Adoption and Education Center (AEC) is closed to the public except for adoption appointments. 

 1. We desperately need more emergency foster families!  We must clear kennel space to accommodate new animals coming in and need to put our current animal population into foster. We are asking for volunteers to temporarily house and feed healthy, adoptable animals—especially cats. If interested in becoming an emergency foster, please fill out this form.

2. If you are interested in adopting a pet:
a. Please complete the online application form.
b. Once form is completed call 845-452-7722, x-420 to arrange to meet with an adoption counselor.

3. Animal Intake: Effective immediately we are accepting emergency intakes only, that is, animals that are in danger and require immediate protection. As always, we will to continue accept any animal adopted from DCSPCA.

Please complete this form and our staff will contact you.

4.  For cremation services: Please call 845-452-7722, x-425to make an appointment for drop off. We will offer curbside service, so you remain in your vehicle.

Thank you for your continued support. Our Dutchess County community is generous and determined. We will get through this together.

This information supersedes all previous press releases and updated.

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March 15, 2020

Effective immediately, both our Adoption and Education Center (AEC) and our medical building are CLOSED to the PUBLIC.

1. If you are interested in adopting a pet:
a. Please complete the online application form.
b. Once form is completed call 845-452-7722, x-420 to arrange to meet with an adoption counselor.

2. Foster family interviews will go on as scheduled. We continue to search for emergency foster families. If we need to clear kennel space to accommodate new animals coming in, we will need to put our current animal population into foster. We are asking for volunteers temporarily to house and feed healthy, adoptable animals—especially cats. If interested in becoming an emergency foster, please fill out this form.

3. All wellness clinic visits will be rescheduled for after April 1st.

4. Animal Intake: Effective immediately we are accepting emergency intakes only, that is, animals that are in danger and require immediate protection. As always, we will to continue accept any animal adopted from DCSPCA.
Please complete this form and our staff will contact you.

This information supersedes all previous press releases and updated.

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March 13, 2020: Dutchess County SPCA Activates Emergency COVID-19 Plan

In preparation for events related to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Dutchess County SPCA is implementing its emergency plan.  DCSPCA anticipates an extraordinary influx of animals if the virus emergency is prolonged, due to large numbers of hospitalized owners and the economic impact on the community.

At this time, the following policies are in effect until further notice:

  1. Adoptions: Our building will remain open and we will continue to adopt out our current animals. Please go to our website to see our available pets.  If interested in one, please complete the online application before coming into the shelter.
  2. Wellness Clinic: At this time we are not booking appointments for routine wellness in order to conserve space and supplies for the anticipated animal influx.
  3. Animal Intake: Effective immediately we are accepting emergency intakes only, that is, animals that are in danger and require immediate protection. As always, we will continue to accept any animal adopted from DCSPCA. Any Dutchess County resident wishing to surrender a pet due to non-emergency reasons such as relocation or landlord complaints should make alternative arrangements until such time as we are able to re-establish our regular intake procedures.

We are asking the community to help support our efforts in the following ways:

  1. Emergency foster: If we need to clear kennel space to accommodate new animals coming in, we will need to put our current animal population into foster. We are asking for volunteers temporarily to house and feed healthy, adoptable animals—especially cats.
  2. Donate: We will need significant supplies for the additional animals, especially food.
  3. Volunteer: In case a significant portion of our staff becomes ill, we are asking for volunteers to help with the care of the animals.

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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