Due to the ongoing issue with the Novel Coronavirus we have created this page to keep the public updated on our operations and to provide up to date information for owners and their pets during the COVID-19 situation.
Shelter Operations – Appointments Only
The shelter will require appointments for anyone interested in Adopting, Fostering, or participating in Happy Hour. If you arrive at the shelter without an appointment for any of the above you will be turned away. We will continue to let individuals visit the shelter to look for their missing pets, though you may be asked to wait outside due to capacity constraints. Volunteers will need to contact our Volunteer coordinator before coming in. Please go here to make an appointment.
Suspension of non-essential public intake.
After discussions with our community partners, we have decide to suspend all non-essential public intake until further notice. For ownership surrenders we recommend using our home-to-home website which can be found here: Home-to-Home.
Pets and COVID-19
We know many pet owners are concerned about COVID-19. We want to make sure that pet owners in the Tuscaloosa area are up to date on information regarding their pet’s well-being. The shelter is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Can pets contract or spread COVID-19?
According to the CDC and WHO there is currently no evidence that pets can contract or spread the Novel Coronavirus. Learn more about pets and COVID 19 on the CDC website.
What should I do with my pet if I get sick?
The CDC recommends limiting contact with pets as much as possible if you become sick. Learn more about being sick and pets on the CDC website.
What can I do to prepare?
It is always good to prepare for any emergencies that you or your pet may encounter. Some of the things you can do are:
- Find a possible caregiver for your pet in the event you cannot care for them due to injury or illness.
- Keep up to date veterinary records on your pet.
- Keep a supply of food and your pet’s medication on hand for any potential emergency.
- Make sure your pet’s tags and microchip have the most up to date information.
If you are feeling sick
If you are feeling sick please DO NOT come to the shelter.
If you are missing a pet, we list all stray animals on our website. We can do pet redemptions remotely if necessary as long as you can:
- Provide adequate proof of ownership (read here).
- Provide a Picture ID electronically.
- Remotely pay fees or have a third party who can pay fees in person.
- Have a third party who can, with your approval and provided name, pick up the animal for you.
Due to the likelihood of decreased traffic with social distancing we will be reducing all regular adoptions fees by half starting on Monday March the 16th and lasting until Tuesday March the 31st.
Due to the need for social distancing the shelter will not be participating in off-site events or hosting any on-site events during the month of March. We will keep you updated on future events as the situation develops.
Below are links to more resources and information about COVID-19.