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Animal shelters adapting to COVID-19 changes

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A rescued dog sits at attention for treats at Paws and More Animal Control and Shelter in Washington.
Union file photo A rescued dog sits at attention for treats at Paws and More Animal Control and Shelter in Washington.
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Animal shelters have had to adapt to the changes of COVID-19 restrictions but because they are essential services, they can remain open.

“It’s pretty much business as usual, it’s just a little different,” said Dawn Hauck, Director of Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation in Fairfield.

Staff is still continuing to arrive for work, but the shelter no longer has open hours, she said. Those interested in adopting an animal cannot simply drop-in but must make an appointment first.

Adoptions and intakes are continuing by appointment and have remained steady. Hauck said the shelter has recently taken in seven puppies and six cats but it all depends on availability.

The stray animals in Jefferson County are priority over owner-surrender animals due to lack of space. The shelter partners with PetSmart in Clive and houses some of its cats there to ensure better visibility for adoption.

Hauck said PetSmart called a few weeks ago to ask the shelter to take back it’s animals because it had to close.

“That definitely was because of the virus so adoptions have been slow because the majority of our cats are adopted form that location,” she said.

The PAWS and More Animal Shelter in Washington has also closed its doors to the public but has plenty of animals available for adoption, according to a news release on its website. Stray animals are only being taken in if there is a crisis due to lack of space.

Available animals are listed on the shelter website to view.