Many people have reached out to ask about our plans come May when there could be a slow reopening of some businesses in NJ. Over the last several weeks AWA adjusted its overall operations, with a reduction in animals housed on site, adoptions through foster families and by appointment, ceasing of vaccine clinics and spay/neuter surgeries at the Pet Clinic while increasing services like the Pet Food pantries to keep pets fed.
We are now determining our next phase of day-to-day operations. We can anticipate that we may never return to business as usual, and we will all have to continue to adjust to a new “business as usual” in many aspects of our lives. Our dedicated team has been working through how to smartly re-open and begin expanding programs in areas we know there will continue to be demand.
With your help, our new normal can result in our being an even stronger and more effective organization. Please know that health and safety of our employees, clients, volunteers, and animals are of primary importance as we put a reopening plan and new protocols in place. Please stay tuned, and as we know more, we will certainly communicate our plans with you. Stay safe and be well!
Together, neighbor helping neighbor we know we will find our way to better days.
April 22nd, 2020
With the latest CDC announcement stating that two pet cats in separate parts of New York have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, (the virus that causes COVID-19), we want to remind the public that AWA is committed to bringing you the facts about COVID-19 cases that affect animals.
The AWA team continues to review the latest information coming from AVMA, other animal experts from larger national groups such as HSUS & ASPCA, and the CDC. There are no evidence dogs and cats can spread the virus to humans. It is important to stay informed, calm, and love your pet as you normally do.
Our focus in regard to protecting people will continue: wash your hands, social distance with a 6-foot space between you and other people when out in public for essential errands, and wearing a mask. These precautions are to protect you from other people, the #1 carrier of COVID-19. Of course we also want to protect our animals!
There is a chance animals could get COVID 19 from us. The few known animals with COVID-19 either did not experience symptoms or symptoms were not serious. Isolation away from the general public is the best thing you can do for you and your pet.
The CDC recommends:
SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported in very few animals worldwide, mostly in those that had close contact with a person with COVID-19. This study by IDEXX, a global leader in veterinary diagnostics and software, evaluated thousands of canine and feline specimens during validation of a new veterinary test system for the COVID-19 virus and has seen no positive results in pets to date.
However, in the event you do get sick, the recommendation is to keep distance from other members of your household and that includes pets. This still doesn’t mean kicking your animals out of the house. In fact, the current recommendation is that pets that live with positive people should “shelter in place” and not leave the home at all until the person is better.
To create a solid plan for the care of your pet:
1.) Know the facts: According to the CDC, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.
2.) If you do become unable to provide for your pet, who can take over for you? Maybe a neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in? Today the most important thing you can do is come up with two potential pet plans and talk directly with those people in case they’re called to action.
3.) Prepare a pet supply kit. Your kit should include the following, as best as you’re able:
We are committed to continuing the AWA’s mission-critical work for animals and people during these uncertain times. Your support is more critical now more than ever. Together, as a community helping one another we will find our way to brighter days. Now is the time to make a difference for animals in need. Stay well, and thank you!
Your Gifts are Urgently Needed
While everyone’s daily lives are being impacted by COVID-19,the welfare of homeless and needy pets in the community is critically important to us. We are taking our role in being a resource for the community, as well as the safety and welfare of our supporters, volunteers and staff seriously.
Our ability to provide critical care to our most vulnerable animals — regardless of the environment around us — is dependent on your support.
This week we have had many changes to our normal operations
|•||Emergency intake of kittens & rapid foster placement|
|•||Crisis transport and commitment to care for 5 heartworm positive dogs from a shelter closed due to COVID19|
|•||Rapid expansion of AWA’s Pet Pantry & Pet Food Curb Pick up programs so pets don’t go hungry|
|•||Quality care to over 50 animals currently at AWA waiting their adoptions this weekend|
If you able please donate $30, $45, $100 or whatever you can afford during this critical time. We are all in this together.
For the welfare of our staff and our community, the management and leadership of AWA have made the decision to temporarily close AWA’s Pet Clinic, Development Office and further restrict access to the adoption Shelter to the public. This means we will temporarily suspend normal operations and focus our efforts on emergency & direct animal care services only, beginning Monday, March 23 until further notice.
Here’s what that means:
We will continue to monitor animal welfare issues in our community and with our transport partners during this suspension.
This was an incredibly hard decision to make. I am personally saddened knowing many of our talented team members are out of work. We’re eager to resume normal services at our shelter and clinic. We’ll let you know right away when we do. We will need your help more than ever when we are able to bounce back!
Our hearts are with you, your families, and your pets during this unprecedented situation. Stay healthy and safe.
Animal Welfare Association
Adoption Center: by appointment – book online
Pet Surrendering: by appointment – call the shelter
Development Office: Mon – Fri 12pm – 5pm
All vaccine clinics from ow through April 30th are cancelled. This includes all Monday, Wed and Saturday clinics.
All Spay/Neuter events scheduled now through the end of April 30 are cancelled at this time.
Customer Service / over the counter medicine sales: Mon – Fri 12pm – 5pm