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Coronavirus (COVID-19) → Updates

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Update: December 29th, 2020 

Regardless of how long we encounter the effects of this global pandemic, there will continue to be a need for us to provide the highest quality care to the animals entrusted to us and to those in our community. Paws Humane Society will act responsibly while continuing to save the helpless animals in the Chattahoochee Valley. Your safety and that of our staff, volunteers, and customers is a priority to us.

  • The Adoption Center is open to the pubic with masks required to enter the building. We are limiting the number of visitors in our Adoption Center to 10.
  • The Veterinary Clinic is open by appointment with masks required to enter the building. We are limiting the number of guests allowed in our lobby to 10. 

“Walk-in” veterinary wellness services are available Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Walk-in capacity is limited each day, we reccomend arriving early to ensure your pet can be seen.

Adoptions Center Instructions:

  • To view available pets and submit an online adoption application, visit www.pawshumane.org/adopt. Once an application is submitted, applicants will be contacted by Adoptions staff.
  • All clients and customers are required to wear a face mask or facial covering during their time in our Adoption Center. If you do not wear a mask or facial covering, you will be asked to return at a later time.
  • Visitors should practice social distancing and remain six feet apart from others.
  • Hours of Operations:
    Adoptions Center: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

We appreciate each and every one of you for bearing through these unprecedented changes over the past few months.

If you have any questions for our Adoptions Center or general questions, please call 706-565-0035.

 

Veterinary Clinic Appointment Instructions

  • When you arrive, please check in with a staff member with your pet still in the vehicle. 
  • All clients and customers are required to wear a face mask or facial covering. 
  • Only 10 people will be allowed in our lobby at one time and must practice social distancing at all times. 

*For your pet’s safety, please leave your vehicle running when they are waiting.*

If you have any questions for our Veterinary Clinic, please call 706-987-8380.

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Update: July 2nd, 2020

 

For the safety of our guests and team members, we have decided to temporarily close our Adoption Center and Veterinary Clinic due to exposure with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

We will be taking this time to deep clean and ensure all exposed team members are tested. We will not reopen until we have an all clear. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for updates on when we feel it is safe and responsible to open.

Thank you for your support, patience and understanding. Rest assured, during this closure we have approved team members continuing to care for the animals.

Have a safe holiday weekend and see you all soon!

 

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Update: June 15th, 2020

As the board of directors, staff and volunteers of Paws Humane Society have all been wrestling with the impact of the unprecedented Coronavirus on our lives, we are finally reaching our new normal.

Regardless of how long we encounter the effects of this global pandemic, there will continue to be a need for us to provide the highest quality care to the animals entrusted to us and to those in our community. Paws will act responsibly while continuing to save the helpless animals in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Your safety and that of our staff, volunteers, and customers is a priority to us. Beginning June 15th, the following requirements have been put into place to officially open back up and to continue to limit exposure to the virus:

  1. The Adoptions Center and Veterinary Clinic are no longer operating via curbside appointments. Our doors are open with limiting each lobby to 10 customers at a time. Overflow of visitors will be asked to wait outside and rotated in as others leave.
  2. All visitors are required to have a mask or facial covering to enter our building (scarf, shirt, etc.) Those without a mask will be asked to return later with the appropriate covering.
  3. Visitors should practice social distancing and remain 6 feet apart from others.
  4. Hours of Operations have returned to normal:
    Adoptions Center: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Veterinary Clinic: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday-Closed

We appreciate each and every one of you for bearing through these unprecedented changes over the past few months.

If you have any questions for the Veterinary Clinic or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 706-987-8380. If you have any questions for our Adoptions Center or general questions, please call 706-565-0035.

We are experiencing a very high volume of calls. Please be patient. Leave a voicemail if your call is not answered and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Update: March 23rd, 2020

As our environment is rapidly changing and the status of our community changes with the Coronarius by the minute, we want to keep you up to date with the operations at Paws Humane Society. Please know that we are taking every precaution to keep our staff, community, and our animals safe through this pandemic.

Adoptions:

At this time, our Adoptions Department is still open. To limit visitors, we are only allowing those seriously interested in adopting to walk around our dog and cat adoption floors.

Veterinary Clinic:

Starting Monday, March 23rd the PHS Veterinary Clinic will begin CURBSIDE ASSISTANCE.

  • Clients will park in the front Vet Clinic parking lot as usual.
  • Please leave your pet in the vehicle and come check in with the receptionist that will be stationed at our front door, then return to your vehicle.
  • Someone will come to your vehicle to complete your paperwork.
  • Please wait in your vehicle with your pet until a member of our clinic staff comes to get your pet for their appointment.
  • Please remain in your vehicle while your pet is examined.

Please note you will not be called in the order you arrived – some people are checking in for surgery, some are here for sick pets, some are here for vaccinations. We are working hard to see all clients and pets as efficiently as possible.

NOTE: We are experiencing a very high volume of calls. Please be patient. Leave a voicemail if your call is not answered and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Volunteer and Community Service:

We have stopped all Volunteering and Community Service.

Events:

We are cancelling all community events until further notice.

Intake:

We are not accepting any owner surrenders at this time.

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Coronavirus Outbreak is Uncharted Territory for Paws Humane Society

The board of directors, staff and volunteers of Paws Humane Society are all wrestling with the impact of the unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) on our lives. This is certainly unfamiliar to us all.

Leadership at Paws has created a contingency plan and is consistently monitoring the situation. We are prepared and ready to execute this plan in the event the threat to public health in Muscogee County rises.

Regardless of what happens, there will continue to be a need for us to provide the highest quality care to the animals entrusted to us and to those in our community. Paws will act responsibly while continuing to save the helpless animals in the Chattahoochee Valley.

As Paws continues to be there for the animals, we need you, now more than ever, to be there for us. Adoptions and Veterinary Clinic operations will remain open, however, due to this global pandemic and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, we are canceling all upcoming events until further notice. This includes one of our largest annual event fundraisers, Barks and Blues Festival which raises more than $30,000 to provide high-quality care to our animals.

As a private nonprofit organization, we rely heavily on the generosity of the public during these events. The community support we receive enables us to continue our lifesaving mission day in and day out. As we prepare for the worst (and hope for the best) during these trying times, we are committed to continuing to provide the critical care to those most vulnerable, regardless of the environment around us. We need you now more than ever and are depending on your support.

Your safety and that of our staff, volunteers, and customers is a priority to us. To date, the following actions have been taken to limit exposure to the virus:

  • Volunteer and Community Service program has been suspended to limit the amount of individuals in the shelter
  • Animal intakes are being restricted to at-risk animals from Columbus Animal Care and Control
  • Reducing visitors in pet adoptions to those only seriously looking for a companion
  • Cancellation of all public events and humane education activities

All of these actions, including the postponement of Barks and Blues Festival, will have a negative impact on anticipated revenue sources to serve our mission. No matter what, there will be a constant need for staff to care for the animals. That is an essential service and one we are committed to providing. As such, we are launching the Paws Humane Society Emergency Relief Fund to support operations during this time of crisis including:

  • Admission Services Team to rescue animals from Columbus Animal Care and Control
  • Maintain Veterinarians and support staff onsite for surgeries and emergency care
  • Medicine, pet food and other supplies for animals in our care and foster homes
  • Staff serving animals at our shelter
  • Other essential services to support pets and their owners at this time

Your support during this time of need is critical. We need you now more than ever.

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How can you help?

Donate Paws Humane Society has had to cancel prominent fundraising events due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Support Paws Humane during this time by making a contribution to the Emergency Relief Fund. All donations support the lifesaving mission and operations of Paws Humane Society. 

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Paws Humane Society and our veterinary clinic are remaining open in support of the community and our great city of Columbus. We are working hand in hand with the city and Columbus Animal Care and Control ensuring we continue our efforts of keeping Columbus no kill.

I know times are hard for everyone. Many people are worried and many are out of jobs, but, as a nonprofit, we live on donations, our efforts truly impact so many. The best thing anyone can possibly do is to make any type of contribution. Food, supplies or monetary, we are on standby for your support.

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Our volunteers contribute to our mission in BIG ways! Just check out the numbers below to see the impact our volunteers helped make in 2019.

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Number of vaccinations and microchips provided through our Veterinary Clinic Wellness Program.

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Volunteer hours logged.

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Pets Adopted

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Thank you to our partners!

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Paws is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie‘s  Fund®, helping to achieve a no-kill nation #ThanksToMaddie.

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