covid-19 shelter updates

5-4-2020: We are beginning to cautiously resume our community cat program operations. If you are a community cat caretaker in need of spay/neuter/vaccination services, please email ccp@goodmews.org. No phone calls please. We have enacted very specific protocols above and beyond our normal operations for the safety or you and our staff. 

5-3-2020: We all be opening for adoptions BY APPOINTMENT ONLY as of 5-4-2020. Please email adopt@goodmews.org for more information and requirements. We will also be resuming our community cat program operations in a phased process. More information will be posted tomorrow regarding TNR/Community Cat Program Operations.

3-17-2020 9PM: Effective immediately and until further notice, Good Mews is no longer open for adoptions. As this pandemic continues to spread, we are sad to share the unfortunate news that a volunteer has tested positive. While we are not at liberty to release any further details, please know that we are taking extra precautions and notifying all other volunteers on a personal basis who may have come into contact with this individual. Shelter staff is currently working on getting all of our cats into foster homes at this time. We are further limiting access to the shelter and will keep you apprised of further updates. If you would like to help, please click the “donate” button at the top of the page. Due to the difficulty of obtaining daily care as well as surgical supplies, we are being forced to purchase many things from sources which are ordinarily much more expensive than the places from which we typically buy. Items such as sterile surgical gloves, surgical supplies, cat food, and litter remain crucial necessities. We are also working on getting all cats into qualified foster homes. All of this increases our costs. Along with the need to cancel events which bring critical funds into our shelter for operations, funding is a need at this time. Even when this crisis has passed, there will be increased need to help our local animal community recover from the far-reaching consequences of this pandemic. If you are able to make a donation of any size, our kitties and the ones who will be calling Good Mews their temporary home in the future would be very grateful.

3-17-2020 4PM: In a continued commitment to our staff, volunteers, and community, Good Mews has enacted additional restrictions at this time. Volunteers who fall within a vulnerable population and are more likely to contract COVID-19 have been asked to remain at home. Adoptions are now by appointment only. TNR surgeries will continue but with highly increased safety and distancing protocols in place. Additionally, anyone looking to enter the shelter may be subject to screening questions in an effort to protect themselves and others.

3-13-2020: Good Mews cares about the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors to the shelter. Out of an abundance of caution, we have suspended all events or visits to the shelter with the exception of adoptions, surgeries, and duties necessary for daily operations until further notice.

 

We are closely monitoring this situation and will keep you apprised of any updates. In the meantime, please take all reasonable and recommended precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.

Learn more about COVID-19 and how you can prevent further spread by visiting the CDC website.

Make a plan for your pets, too. Good Mews joins the Humane Society of the United States and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement in suggesting community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event metro Atlanta is further 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:

· Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.

· Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.

· 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.

· All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.

· Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.

· Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.

Good Mews 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.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19. This is also the view of the World Health Organization. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, people with confirmed COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people as well as pets.

References:
https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/make-disaster-plan-your-pets
https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/emergencies/pet-disaster-prep-kit.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

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