Paws Humane Closing for Shelter-In Place Order


Governor Kemp’s Shelter-in-Place order went into effect at 6pm on Friday, April 3rd.

For many businesses, that means they are forced to temporarily shut their doors. Animal shelters like Paws Humane Society are among the hundreds of businesses that will be closed to the public.

“We reviewed the information coming down from Governor Kemp’s office and in evaluating the safety of our staff, the safety of the public, we wanted to make sure we were complying that order,” said Paws Humane Society CEO, Tricia Montgomery.

Unfortunately that means no more adoptions for the time being and a temporary closure of one of their most vital services.

“Our veterinary clinic will be closed from April 4th through the 13th in compliance with governor Kemp’s orders. It wasn’t a decision that we came to lightly. It was one that we really struggled with as a team.”

Paws humane has always been a no kill shelter, and will continue to be throughout the shelter-in-place order.

“Our animals are safe. Our animals are taken care of, there is no euthanasia and that all of our shelter animals are being taken care of as they need to be taken care of,” says Montgomery.

In a time people are practicing social distancing and mental health issues can come into play, a pet is a great companion to have.

Tricia recently just adopted one of her own, after a heart breaking loss of her own dog last year.

“It hurt so bad, it was devastating, it was personal. I didn’t really share with a lot of people because it was such a deep and meaningful loss with me,” says Montgomery. “I could not adopt right now because I wasn’t ready. Over my birthday weekend, which was last weekend, I fostered ‘Boss’. I realized the difference he made in my life. On Monday morning I brought him back from the weekend and by that afternoon he was mine.”

95% of Paws Humane pets found permanent homes or foster homes before the shelter-in-place order took effect.

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