I’m sure you’ve all been following the news about COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), and I am writing today to give you a quick update on actions we’re taking at the Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP) to prepare for any possible impacts of coronavirus on the shelter or our activities.
- To date, the Humane Society is continuing normal operations and we have many wonderful pets looking for loving homes.
- It’s important to know that, to date, there have not been any cases of dogs or cats becoming sick with the new coronavirus, COVID-19. There is also no evidence of people catching the virus from companion animals. However, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
- Our facilities team uses hospital-grade disinfectant throughout the shelter, and high touch areas are being cleaned daily.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the shelter. All visitors to HSEP are encouraged to wash their hands or sanitize between touching animals to prevent the spread of any illness.
- HSEP is asking employees, volunteers AND visitors who are sick to stay home. We are also reminding everyone to practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes and get a flu shot.
- The Humane Society of El Paso encourages all pet owners to have an emergency plan in place for their pets. Make sure pets are wearing proper identification; have crates and extra food or supplies on hand; and identify a trusted family member, friend, or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you become ill or are hospitalized.
We are working closely with our national animal sheltering community and are participating in regular discussions to stay up-to-date on possible animal shelter impacts. Our team is working on a comprehensive contingency plan and I will update you as plans change and evolve.
Thank you for all you do every day and especially in the weeks ahead as we work to care for our families!