Apr 15th

Updates During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ByJaimeeS | In Featured News, News


A MESSAGE FROM YOUR MCSPCA FAMILY:

Our hearts go out to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You should know that we remain committed to serving the people and animals of Monmouth County, even during these trying times.

Please check back to this page often as information is changing rapidly.

 

SHELTER OPERATIONS:
As an essential operation deemed by Governor Murphy, the MCSPCA remains open for essential services to the public, although we are adhering to strict social distancing measures and limiting the number of staff and public in our building.

  • Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Control services remain completely operational
  • The Vogel Veterinary Care Center remains committed to serving your pets with medical services, although not with elective surgeries as mandated by the state. Our current hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am – 5 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am – 7 pm; and Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Visits are through appointment only by calling 732-542-3125; we cannot accept walk-ins at this time. When you arrive for your appointment, call that number again and a vet tech will greet you at your car to take the pet, further enhancing social distancing measures.
  • Lost pet? We are still reuniting lost pets with their families! Please call 732-542-0040to see if your pet is at the MCSPCA and make an appointment to reclaim them. When arriving at the shelter, please remain in your car and call the main number so that staff may give you instruction help you in the safest way possible.
  • Adoptions are by appointment only and solely for specific animals identified as adoptable on our website. Please call 732-542-5962 to set up an appointment to receive instruction. We ask that all public entering our building do so by appointment only, identify themselves by telephoning again once at the shelter to gain access, and comply with the CDC’s recommendation of wearing a cloth face covering. We ask that you do your best to practice safe social distance of 6’ from other people once inside.
    • To see our adoptable dogs, click here; to see our available cats click here
  • TNR– In accordance with COVID-19 protocols and mandates – TNR surgical procedures are categorized as “elective” and we have been discontinued for the time being. Until current directives are lifted, we are prevented from trapping, providing trapping assistance or accepting feral cats into the shelter. Please refer to our TNR page for more information.
  • Surrenders: As always, the surrender of pets must be made by appointment only.
  • MCSPCA Pet Pantry continues to operate on our campus for CURRENT clients however; we have teamed up with Lunch Break to provide clients with “one-stop shopping” at their Red Bank location for those who find themselves in need of pet food. Please call 732-385-3971 or click here for more information.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Our animals are in need of dry dog food, cat food and cat litter. Items can be dropped off at our shelter everyday starting at 10 am. For your convenience, there is a donation bin outside, or in the case of inclement weather, the bin will be inside the first set of double doors. We can also receive online orders through Amazon (Don’t forget to add us as your Amazon Smile recipient! All you have to do is sign into Amazon Smile, go to Your Account, click on Change Your Charity and type in Monmouth County SPCA) and Chewy. Please use our address: 260 Wall Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724.

The anonymous donor of our Compassion Counts Matching Gift Campaign is so pleased about what a great response you’ve given, that they have made the incredible decision to increase the gift match to $300,000!

With the cancellation of our two biggest fundraisers (our Dog Walk + Pet Fair and our Fur Ball Gala) your support is needed more than ever to keep critical programs for our animals up and running!

We’re so grateful for your support, now and always! THANK YOU

 

COVID-19 and Your Pets

Recent studies done by the CDC, the WHO and the veterinary community show that animals cannot transmit COVID-19 to humans. Should your pet become sick, separate them from other pets and family members, call your veterinarian and be sure to wash your hands before and after contact (A Humane World, 2020).

Can your pet get tested for COVID-19? Yes, but it is not recommended. Veterinarians must rule out any common causes of illness before testing and contacting appropriate health officials (Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, 2020).

If you are not feeling well, separate yourself from your family members and pets, and call your doctor. If you are the only person that can take care of your pet, wear a face mask and be sure to wash your hands before and after any interaction.

In case of an emergency and you are not fully able to care for your pet, here are “some suggested steps: identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes too ill to handle that responsibility; keep crates, food and extra supplies on hand for movement of pets if necessary; make copies of vaccination records and contact information for your pet’s veterinarian available in the event boarding becomes necessary; ensure that all medications are documented with dosages and directions; ensure that pets have proper identification, including a collar with ID tag and a microchip with current information” (A Humane World, 2020).

 

References

“Veterinarians Address Pet Owners’ Concerns About The Coronavirus.” A Humane World, 2020, April 16,  https://blog.humanesociety.org/2020/04/veterinarians-address-pet-owners-concerns-about-the-coronavirus.html?credit=blog_em_041620_id11351&utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=humanenation

“HSVMA Statement Regarding Two Cats in New York Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).” Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, 2020, April 22, https://www.hsvma.org/hsvmastatement_catscovid19

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