COVID-19: Most Recent Updates

We’ve made temporary changes to safeguard our community and staff and to continue to help the Valley’s most vulnerable pets who depend on us.

We are continuing to provide:

We have temporarily suspended:

  • Accepting healthy stray or owner-surrendered pets
  • Non-essential surgeries, including spay/neuter surgeries to help safeguard staff through social distancing and preserve critical medical supplies and protective gear
  • Community events, classroom programs and on-site classes and programs
  • Vaccine clinics
  • Thrift and retail store operations
  • New volunteers and onsite volunteers
  • Drop-off and pick-up services of donated items
  • Pets on Parade
  • Temporary pet placement programs

A message from AHS’ President and CEO, Dr. Hansen, on March 25, 2020:

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched the world around us change drastically. Schools have closed, events have been cancelled and many of us are now working from home.

Yet sick, injured and abused animals are still coming through our doors every day. Because of you, we are able to serve our community’s most vulnerable pets, even during our most vulnerable times. Our Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ are still on the road rescuing homeless pets who need our help, and our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ is still providing critical care to dogs and cats suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.

Earlier this week, we extended operating hours in our trauma hospital so it now runs 24 hours a day seven days a week. We are now operating two different teams – one serving a day shift, and one serving an overnight shift. This reduces the number of staff in our hospital at one time, allows for social distancing to better safeguard our medical team, and helps ensure we can continue to provide lifesaving treatment to the homeless pets who need us.

Life is much different than it was just a few weeks ago, and each day seems to bring new questions and uncertainty. But one thing will never change – our commitment to our community’s most vulnerable pets. Thank you for your continued support of our trauma hospital and other lifesaving programs that help us save pets, especially now.”


How can you help?

Pets and COVID-19: At this time, and according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19 and “there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.” Please consult those websites for the latest information. We are actively monitoring COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC, AVMA, state, and local organizations. Please continue to check back frequently for updates.

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