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COVID-19 RELATED RESOURCES FOR ANIMAL SHELTERS AND RESCUES

VFHS cannot thank each of our members and all of the animal shelters, rescues, animal control agencies, and animal caregivers enough for your heroic efforts in this time of need!  As the leader in progressive animal sheltering and rescuing in the Commonwealth, we wanted to provide you with the following information and resources to help you navigate through this pandemic.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON COVID-19:

 

 

 

 

 

RESOURCES FOR ANIMAL SHELTERS AND RESCUES:

 

 

 

  • American Pets Alive! Shelter & Rescue Support During COVID-19 weekly Zoom call to talk about emerging issues, get advice and hear updates, Monday mornings at 7:00 AM PST/10:00 AM EST on Maddie’s Fund Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/607482466

IS MY ORGANIZATION AN “ESSENTIAL” BUSINESS?

The Governor’s Actions as of March 23, 2020

 

On March 23, 2020, Governor Northam signed Executive Order No. 53 (2020), which issued further restrictions on business operations in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Those restrictions included: 

 

  • “Essential retail businesses” may remain open during normal business hours, and specifically includes “pet and feed stores.”  

 

  • Effective 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2020, any other “brick and mortar retail business” may continue to operate, but must limit all in-person shopping to no more than ten (10) patrons per establishment.  This 10-patron limit does not include employees.  If the business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, the business must close.

  • To the extent possible, all businesses must adhere to:

    • Social distancing recommendations

    • Enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces and

    • Other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.

 

  • Business operations offering professional services (rather than retail services) may remain open, but should use teleworking as much as possible.  These businesses must also adhere to the three requirements above.

 

  • Nothing in the order limits “the operation of government.”  (This may include public animal shelters.)

 

The Governor’s Actions as of March 30,2020

 

On March 30, 2020, the Governor entered Executive Order No. 55 (2020), commonly referred to as a “stay at home” order for individuals.  The Governor did not change anything from Executive Order No. 53 as it refers to businesses, and that Executive Order remains in place.

VDACS Position on E.O. 53

VDACS Position based on Executive Order 53 as it applies to animal shelters, rescues and animal control, including as to sterilization requirements: (Click link to document)

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY ORGANIZATION?

 

As of March 23, 2020, animal shelters and rescues may continue to operate, but must take certain precautions, including complying with E.O. 53 by adhering to:

 

  • Social distancing recommendations

 

  • Enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces and

 

  • Other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities

 

Whether your organization remains open is a choice your organization will need to make.  

 

If you do remain open, please make sure that you are doing the following:

 

  • Ensure that you adhere to social distancing, enhanced sanitation, and state and federal workplace laws and recommendations;

 

  • Conduct as much of your operations as possible by means of teleworking, the internet, or other online methods;

 

  • Familiarize yourself with the recommendations on sheltering during this pandemic, and follow best practices to ensure the safety of your staff, animal caregivers, the public, and the animals

This information is changing day-by-day!  Please ensure that you are fully informed and keep abreast of these changes!

WHAT ELSE IS VFHS DOING TO HELP?

 

VFHS is working with other organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Dominion, to advocate to include animal shelters, veterinarians, and other businesses and entities that provide food, shelter, and other necessities for the life of animals in the definition of an “essential business” in the event that the Governor issues a “shelter in place” order or further restrictions.  To that end, on March 23, 2020, these organizations sent the following letter to the Governor. Letter to Gov Northam    

 

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide our members with updated information and resources. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

 

ASPCA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Request for Proposals:

 

https://www.aspcapro.org/grant/2020/03/23/aspca-covid-19-emergency-relief-request-proposals?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--n-cO3cEXFRUwRJZMQBmcb4Qur2SjbRGKJVBx6YD_rM6lxvuRf7ChHOIrheXW_imdVwNPOfNrsk8z-ZcbzbO71U7wg0UTY2CtfMNcgwwlTwPASyb4&_hsmi=85411433&utm_campaign=Pro%20Newsletter&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=85391290 

 

 

 

 

 

RedRover Relief Emergency Boarding grant program helps animals who need temporary boarding while their owners are hospitalized due to the COVID-19 virus. This grant will cover the cost of up to two weeks of boarding while a pet owner is hospitalized. 

View and share our current resource list.

 

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VFHS NEWSLETTER

Here is the latest edition of the VFHS Electronic Newsletter.  Inside you will find the following articles:  President’s Report, Annual Conference, High Five Program, Legislative Report and articles from Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

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