Peninsula SPCA Shelter Operations and COVID-19-UPDATED MARCH 31

In adherence with Governor Northam’s Executive Order 55 effective March 30, the Peninsula SPCA will be closed to the public beginning April 1. Shelter staff will continue to operate and care for our pets’ essential needs, but we have made the difficult decision to further limit our interaction with the public to protect the health and safety of our pets, employees and shelter.

This affects our daily operation and services that we provide to the public. Beginning Wednesday, April 1, the following is in effect:

Adoptions

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, adoptions will be closed until further notice. Staff will continue to be busy caring for the animals still in our care.

Intakes

Owner surrenders will be accepted on a limited basis dependent on staff and foster availability. Call 757-595-1399. Transfers of pets from rescues and other shelters will be on hold until further notice. 

Barnyard

Our barnyard will remain closed until further notice. (This not only helps to limit the amount of traffic through our shelter but will allow us to utilize staff resources where needed.)

Preventive Care Veterinary Clinic

We will be holding our “curbside” vaccination clinics on Friday, April 3 and 10. We will keep the appointments for our vaccination clinics and public surgeries already scheduled.  However, our clinical team has implemented new protocols to help protect our staff and clients.  Some appointments may be rescheduled based on the services you are requesting.  We WILL NOT be accepting walk-in clients until further notice.  All patients will be required to have an appointment in advance. 

If you are unable to keep your appointment or are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms, please contact (lou@peninsulaspca.org) and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment.

Foster

We continue to accept applications for fostering shelter pets. Foster applications are available at https://peninsulaspca.org/foster-our-pets/ or e-mail Lou at lou@peninsulaspca.org

Volunteers

All volunteer orientations and dog handling classes have been canceled until further notice.  We will not be accepting new volunteers at this time.  The shelter is currently closed to volunteers. Current volunteers may e-mail the volunteer coordinator (swee@peninsulaspca.org) with questions.

Humane Education

All public programs and spring break camps are canceled until further notice.  We will not be taking new birthday party reservations until further notice.  Birthday parties for the month of April have been canceled. 

All humane education and adoption outreaches are canceled until further notice.  Shelter pets are prohibited to leave the shelter campus, except in the event they are going to temporary foster.

Donations

Now more than ever community support is needed.  Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday.   Visitors should drop donations off in our blue bins in front of the shelter.  A list of needed items can be found at: https://peninsulaspca.org/give/wish-list/

Pet Food Pantry

The Peninsula SPCA has a small pet food pantry with limited supplies of cat and dog food.  If you or someone you know is in need of pet food due to hardship, please call the shelter (757-595-1399) to see what is available and schedule a pick-up. Walk-ins will not be allowed as we do not know what staff will be available at certain times. 

We continue to monitor the situation as it develops on the Peninsula. Thank you for your patience as we take further steps to protect our shelter, programs and services. Our priority is to maintain a safe environment for our staff to ensure that we can continue to care for the shelter’s pets.

Covid-19 and your pets

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is a great resource for questions you may have regarding COVID-19 and your pets.  The AVMA says, “We do not have a clear answer as to whether SARS-CoV-2 can infect pets at this time. That said, currently, there is no evidence that pets become sick. Infectious disease experts, as well as the CDC, OIE, and WHO indicate there is also no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2, including spreading COVID-19 to people.”  For more information and Frequently Asked Questions regarding pets and COVID-19 visit: https://www.avma.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/covid-19-faq-pet-owners_0.pdf