Updated for Cherokee County Animal Shelter 3/23/20
The following is a list of precautions that our shelter will be taking effective immediately. We have taken under advisement the current Coronavirus COVID 19 outbreak in our community as well as the suggestion from federal and local government for social distancing and limiting the number of persons in one space. We are taking the health of our employees, volunteers, adopters, and community into account and will be doing our best to ensure everyone needs are being met as safely as possible and with limited exposure.
The following changes will be immediate:
**First and foremost do not come to the shelter if you are sick or are exhibiting any contagious symptoms.
Employees: We will have minimal staff working at the shelter right now to to limit the number of people in our buildings at any given time. Staff members will be reporting to the shelter in shifts to ensure that the pets are taken care of in normal timeframes. We are taking extra measures to clean and disinfect all surfaces, multiple times a day. We are checking voice mail and email regularly.
Adoptions: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We are only allowing serious adopters to visit the shelter, to limit traffic inside the facility. Please call and make an appointment for adoption before making the trip to the shelter.
Please check our online portal to pre-determine which pet you may be interested in adopting. https://www.adoptapet.com/shelter72427-pets.html
All adoption fees will be waived during this event.
All casual animal visitation and socialization is canceled at this time. The employees will provide the necessary enrichment for the animals throughout the day.
Food Pantry: Please call ahead and we will do our best to have it prepared for you in advance of your arrival, again to eliminate the potential exposure for everyone. Also food pantry donations are still greatly needed!! In this time of uncertainty and when some families are having to make hard choices, please help us make feeding family pets not have to be one of them. 678-493-4393
Donations: for wish list items and the food pantry can be made online and delivered straight to us through many resources including but not limited to: Amazon, Chewy, Walmart, Target and Kroger. We have an outside drop box that donations can be placed in and we will empty this regularly. Please DO NOT bring donations into the shelter lobby at this time.
Any monetary donations will be accepted online through our Paypal link at www.cherokeega-animals.org or via regular mail and will be used for our Paw it Forward Pre-paid adoptions program and any other needs of the animals.
Volunteers/Community Service: All volunteering, including our Read to Me program, and community service work is canceled until further notice.
Intake of animals will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY . The intake lobby door will be locked to keep exposure of the staff to the public at a minimum.
Owner Surrender: No Owner Surrendered animals will be accepted unless it is an emergency situation. Any CHEROKEE COUNTY pet parent needing to surrender an animal MUST call the shelter and make an appointment before arriving at the building (678) 493-4387 .
Strays: If you find or see a stray animal, please call ANIMAL CONTROL 678-493-4080 or 678-493-6200 Please do NOT pick up stray animals during this time unless you are prepared to foster in place for at least two weeks. IF you decide to foster a found animal in your home, call the shelter or visit us online www.cherokeega-animals.org to complete a FOUND REPORT in our system.
Owner Requested Euthanasia: Euthanasia services for CHEROKEE COUNTY owned animals will be done by appointment only. Please call before arriving at the intake building 678-493-4387. Cherokee County Animal Shelter does not have a veterinarian on staff and is not a veterinary hospital. IF your animal is injured or in need of veterinary attention, please contact a local veterinarian’s office.
To reclaim or report lost animals: If you are looking for a lost animal, please call the intake department at 678-493-4387. We will help you report and virtually check the shelter for your lost animal. If you are reclaiming an animal (because the staff has called that your pet is at the shelter) please arrive promptly at the appointment time or call to reschedule as soon as possible. If you need to reclaim an animal and are self quarantined, we will make arrangements to have your animal returned to you PLEASE do not come to the shelter.
Please be patient with the shelter staff as there are only half the number of folks to help you as on a normal overburdened day. We will remain vigilant with our response and adjust these procedures as required. Please check with us regularly for updates.