KALAMAZOO HUMANE SOCIETY
COVID-19 SERVICE &
Updated: Monday, March 23, 2020; 7:09 PM
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the Kalamazoo Humane Society is making the following adjustments as we take all necessary action to follow social distancing protocols and ensure the safety of our staff and clients:
The office is closing through April 15, 2020. We will reassess our ability to resume regular business activity at that time, as long as the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order has been lifted. Our closure could continue beyond that if the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order is extended, or if we do not have access to the supplies or staff we need to reopen.
All scheduled surgeries are canceled through April 15, 2020. Our staff will be working to contact all scheduled clients. If you are currently scheduled, and you have not yet been contacted, you may contact Gail Starr from our office to let us know how you'd like us to handle your prepaid surgery fees.
Our Emergency Pet Food Bank hours will be reduced to Tuesday and Thursday from 10AM to 3PM. We will likely be distributing food bank supplies of our parking lot, so please pay attention to signage and staff that may be in our driveway and parking areas.
Our Emergency Pet Food Bank is exempt from the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order as outlined in section 7.11 which states: To work or volunteer for businesses or operations (including both and religious and secular nonprofit organizations) that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.
Our phone lines will be closed. We do not offer emergency veterinary services, and we may not be able to respond to messages. Animal-related welfare concerns or complaints should be reported to your local animal control department or policing agency. Veterinary concerns should be addressed by your regular local veterinarian or emergency veterinary service. These services may be reduced to emergency-only, or have limited availability based on supplies and staff.
We have concluded that our Pet Food Bank is an essential service for our community, and we will keep it open as long as possible. We will be rationing our supplies as we usually do so that we can help as many animals as possible.
The Kalamazoo Humane Society Board of Directors and Executive Director recognizes that our staff continually goes above and beyond to help animals and people, and will continue to reward their dedication with full pay through April 15, 2020, based on their average hours worked. Many staff will be working to keep our Emergency Pet Food Bank stocked and staffed, and others will be working from home.
We are planning to stay connected with you via our social media channels and our website during our closure. Please follow us on facebook and subscribe to our website to keep up on our activities during our temporary closure.