What you need to know before going to the animal shelter as it opens
People can again adopt a pet and get veterinary help from Siskiyou and Shasta county animal rescues and shelters. Many reopened – at least in part – over the past week.
Some shelters offer the same full services they did prior to the coronavirus crisis, while others are doing “soft” openings.
People can now visit most facilities as long as they follow social distancing regulations. Some organizations are offering discounts on adoption fees.
Spay/neuter vouchers, veterinary services and animal adoptions are available, but some services are limited to what an organization can afford.
Here are what North State animal rescues now offer.
Can I adopt a pet in person?
Yes, you can now enter facilities at several rescues and shelters.
Rescue Ranch in Yreka allows adopter drop-ins between noon to 4 p.m. daily. Dogs are outside during the day, so volunteers and guests rarely come close; but everyone must keep six feet apart.
Siskiyou Humane Society in Mount Shasta offers adoptions by appointment only at this time, executive director Kim Latos said. We had no pets at the shelter during the shutdown; all were in foster, but "this week and last week, we started getting kittens in.”
Redding’s Haven Humane Society adoption center in Anderson is offering pets on sale for $25. Appointments are booked in advance. Walk-ins are allowed as long as guests follow social distancing protocols: The number of people in the facility is limited, and masks are required.
Also reopened last week, Another Chance Animal Welfare League (ACAWL) in Palo Cedro offers in-person adoptions by appointment only. See pets in advance at acawl.org.
Adopters can visit some Spay Neuter and Protect (SNAP)'s adoptable pets at its thrift store in Palo Cedro, now open. Other pets are in foster homes, so contact SNAP for information.
Can I get my pet fixed?
There are several sites that reopened spay and neuter services and offer discount spay/neuter vouchers.
SNAP offers a spay/neuter voucher program. The volunteer-run pet rescue could no longer afford them in April, but new donations enabled it to fund up to five vouchers per week in May.
Haven’s veterinary hospital is operating on limited services, offering only spay/neuter services and medical exams. Patients are checked in at the parking lot to allow for social distancing between staff and customers.
Some animal shelters provide other vet services.
Rescue Ranch in Yreka reopened its foster care, pet boarding and donations services.
Where can I take a lost or stray pet?
Siskiyou Humane Society assists with filing lost or found animal reports by phone. Call (530) 926-4052.
Haven’s animal regulation program is open for dog licensing and stray intakes. One of its shutdown policies became the new normal: People who find a pet are asked if they can keep it until its owner is located or it’s impounded later.
Other rescues organizations are taking stray or lost pets as they have openings, so call to ask if space is available.
What else should I know before I visit?
All shelters and rescues require guests to practice social distancing, and many require a mask. Call for changes and restriction.
Rescue Ranch in Yreka: 2216 Oberlin Road in Yreka. Call (530) 841-2048 or go to rrdog.org.
Siskiyou Humane Society in Mount Shasta: 1208 North Mount Shasta Blvd. in Mount Shasta. Call (530) 926-4052 or go to siskiyouhumane.org.
ACAWL in Redding and Palo Cedro: Call (530) 547-7387 or go to acawl.org. Restrictions are in place at ACAWL’s store at 9384 Deschutes Road in Palo Cedro; all staff wear masks and hand sanitizer is available as you enter.
Haven Humane Society in Anderson: 7449 Eastside Road in Anderson. Call (530) 241-1653 or go to www.havenhumane.org.
SNAP: 9155A Deschutes Road in Palo Cedro. Call (530) 547-2050, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://bit.ly/2M5ZizC or Facebook at https://bit.ly/2ZI2IAB.
Jessica Skropanic is features reporter for the Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. She covers lifestyle and entertainment stories, and weekly arts features.