Paws Humane Society Closes Facility Following Statewide Shelter-In-Place Order
Beginning Saturday, April 4th, Paws Humane Society will temporarily close its facility to the public and will reopen Monday, April 13th. The decision to close follows the announcement of a statewide shelter-in-place order from Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp.
The temporary closure includes the Adoption Center and Veterinary Clinic of Paws Humane Society. Veterinary Clinic clients who have previously scheduled an appointment during this timeframe will be contacted by staff to reschedule. Although we are closed to the public, the work of Paws Humane is essential and we will continue to provide our animals with high quality care. To limit the number of staff at our facility, the animals housed on our adoption floor will be transferred to emergency foster homes Friday evening. Furthermore, the staff onsite during this time will support our partners, Columbus Animal Care and Control, to ensure that no healthy or treatable companion animal is euthanized due to space at our city municipal shelter.
“This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, based on orders from the city, state and federal officials, in order to best protect our staff and the public, we need to limit the volume of people and the duration of time spent,” said Tricia Montgomery, Paws Humane Society CEO. “Please know that although we remain closed to the public, our staff is working around the clock to care for our Paws pets, as well as, support the City of Columbus and Columbus Animal Care and Control”.
How can you help?
Adopt – Paws Humane Society will remain open for adoptions through Friday, April 3rd 5 p.m. All animals (puppies and kittens included) are just $25 to adopt thanks to the BISSELL Pet Foundation.
Foster – Sign up to become an emergency foster parent by visiting www.pawshumane.org/get-involved. There is a minimum two-week foster commitment with our main needs for medium and large breed dogs. All emergency fosters will be asked to pick up their foster animal between 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 3rd.
Donate – Paws Humane Society has had to cancel prominent fundraising events due to the Covid-19 outbreak. In light of this unfortunate event, Paws Humane is proud to have made it to the Championship Round in March Muttness – a virtual fundraiser where you can support the important work to save helpless animals in the Chattahoochee Valley. To donate, visit www.pawshumane.org or www.marchmuttness.com. The team that raises the most money from Thursday, April 2nd 11 a.m. EST to Sunday, April 5th 11 p.m. EST will be crowned the March Muttness Champion and receive an additional $1,000 prize!