Humane Society of SW Washington’s Response to COVID-19

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) present in our community, it’s essential to take precautions. As always, our primary concern is the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, guests, and animals.

HSSW staff are closely monitoring the situation and consider recommendations from local and federal public health authorities. Recommendations for best community management of COVID-19 continue to change and HSSW will respond accordingly.

Here are some tips for Caring for Yourself and Your Pets
It’s important to include family members – both people and pets – in your own preparedness plan. What should you be considering? Here are some recommendations:

  • Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or hospitalized.
  • Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
  • Have crates, food, any prescription medication and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if you need to isolate to reduce social exposure.

And, of course, remember to take care of yourself so you can be there for the animals.

  • Wash, wash, wash your hands.
  • Cough into your elbow, not into your hands.
  • Open doors (when possible) with your arms, sleeve or tissue.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Avoid large groups of people.
  • We know shifting our lifestyles to adapt to new changes can be challenging. We’re here with you and making the same accommodations in our own lives – both personally and professionally – to make sure we can be here for the People + Dogs + Cats who need us.