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Our response to COVID-19

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Last Updated: Friday, July 3

The Humane Society of Broward County, like businesses everywhere, is vigilant and closely monitoring all health advisories regarding the coronavirus COVID-19.

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Pets and COVID-19


Send critical help to animals in need:


Resources for you:

Thanks to Purina and caring individuals in our community, we have a supply of dog food to give to those in need. 

If you are experiencing a financial hardship and are in need of assistance, please contact our Animal Admissions department at animaladmissions@hsbroward.com or 954-266-6874 and they will try and assist you. 


Updates to our services:

While some companies may have employees work remotely, the shelter remains open to take care of the homeless pets and is open for select services. Please read this page for important changes to our services:

*Please note the shelter will be closed Saturday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day*

Adoptions
All adoptions will be by appointment only. If you are interested in adopting, we ask that you fill out an adoption application first so that we can set up an appointment for you. Adoptions are on a first come, first serve basis. Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.
Vaccine Clinic
Starting on June 29th, the vaccine clinic will begin new extended hours from 9 am – 4:30 am Monday to Friday. If you’re planning your pet’s visit soon, please note the vaccine clinic will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Monday, July 6th.

For the health and safety of our guests, we are limited contact between the public and our staff. Please be prepared to wait outside. We will be accepting credit cards only, no cash please. We also request that all cats be in a carrier.

All guests coming to the vaccine clinic MUST be wearing a mask per the latest CDC guidelines.

Spay and Neuter
Our spay and neuter services are currently suspended. Stay connected to the latest updates from the shelter on our social media pages and on this page to find out when services will resume.
Admissions
If you need end of life services for your pet, no appointment is necessary and the admission’s department is open 7 days a week from 8 am – 4:30 pm and located at the far west side of the building.
Surrenders
If you can no longer take care of your pet, due to COVID-19, our admission’s department is limited on intake, but we will try to assist you. Please note we do not accept strays and you should contact Broward County Animal Care at 954-359-1313. Our Admission’s department is open 7 days a week 8 am – 4:30 pm, please bring proof of ownership. If you have any questions please call 954-266-6873 and leave a message.
Fostering
Because of the outpouring of compassionate people in our community, we have placed all foster animals in homes that were in need. We will resume our monthly foster orientations when permitted, so please check back. We welcome you to join us then. We are always in need of caring families for our foster program.
Events
All events have been canceled until further notice.
Pet Loss and Grieving
We understand how difficult it is to lose a furry friend. We want to offer help if you need a listening ear. Zoom meetings take place the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Please email Caroline at ccrane@hsbroward.com for the Zoom meeting information. As an alternative, we can also set up a counselor phone call.
Animal Assisted Therapy
We’re announcing Zoomies! A new way to connect with our therapy dogs online. Check out the details below: Now you can schedule “Zoomies” with one of our furry friends to add a four-legged pal to your next video call. These expert video chatters are ready to provide laughter, smiles, tricks and stress relief. Just tell us about your online event, and we’ll schedule an animal to attend. Request yours now:
Obedience Classes
Obedience classes are set to resume soon. For your safety we will be limiting class sizes and maintaining proper distancing during training.

The next session of Doggie be Good Training Classes starts Saturday, August 29th at 9:00 AM.

The next session of Puppy Preschool starts Saturday, July 11th at 9:00 AM Saturday.


What you can expect from us:

We are taking several steps during this time to keep you and the animals in our care safe.

Keeping it CleanStaying SanitizedUpdating ProtocolsMinimizing larger gatheringsChanges to volunteer activities
Extra cleaning protocols for high-touch areas have been implemented.
Hand sanitizers have been placed through out the building. Any visitors to our facility are encouraged to wash their hands or sanitize between touching animals to prevent the spread of any illness.
In order to keep you safe, our vaccine and spay/neuter operations have implemented new procedures to limit the number of people in close proximity at any given moment. Our staff is also using protective gear to limit potential spread of unknown germs.
We will be taking extra precautions by putting a hold on large groups for the time being. At this time, all events have been postponed or canceled.
At this time, we are suspending all volunteer shifts effective immediately. If you are a shelter volunteer, we will keep you updated to any changes on the current status of volunteers via email.

Keeping your pets safe:

Pets are family, and as communities respond to the respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to have plans for your pets as well as yourself. To keep families together, we encourage you to include your pets in the plans you make in response to this emerging situation.

No indication pets can contract or spread COVID-19
It is possible for the virus to live on an animal or any other living thing
It’s important to wash your hands after touching pets or other animals

Just for Kids:

With all of us spending some extra time at home, here are some fun ideas to help you keep little ones and furry friends busy.

Teach fido new tricks:

This is a perfect time to teach your four-legged family members some new tricks. Check back often as we add more training lessons.

Daily Dose of Cuteness:

While we all cope with the uncertainty of these coming days, we wanted to spread a little joy to help relieve some stress. Check out our social channels over the next several days for a daily dose of cuteness.



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