ALL NEWS

Utah animal shelter adjusts to COVID-19

Apr 13, 2020, 5:35 AM | Updated: 5:42 am

Animal Shelter...

Fireworks can cause pets a lot of stress. Photo: Getty Images

MURRAY, Utah – Animal shelters in Utah are having to adjust the way they do things because of COVID-19.

Deann Shepherd with the Utah Humane Society said their shelter has taken a financial hit.

“The one thing we have been impacted the most by is having to end any non-essential surgical procedures to save the personal protective equipment. And we actually donated a lot of that PPE to the hospitals to use to treat human patients,” Shepherd said.

While the hospitals are grateful for the extra gear, that means the shelter has had to temporarily let people go.

Shepherd said they are thankful for the people who continue to donate to the animal shelter, but they have also had to adjust the way they interact with the public because of COIVD-19.

“Our facility was designed to be a destination where people could come down, visit with the animals, spend time with them, and now we’ve had to…turn people away,” Shepherd said.

But there are a few bright spots.

Shepherd said their foster program is going great.

“In a foster home, the animals] get to be loved on and cared for, and it’s just a much better place for [the animal] to be temporarily while they wait for adoption,” Shepherd said.

Animal adoptions, meanwhile, have soared.

“When we would have dogs put up on our website [before the COVID-19 pandemic], they may be adopted, on average, within four days. Now…we’re finding that dogs are being adopted on average [within] two days,” Shepherd said.

If someone wants to adopt an animal, arrangements are made between the foster family and the person who wants to adopt to meet at the shelter so everyone can interact safely with the animal.

The Utah Humane Society is also encouraging people to donate animal food to foster families taking care of a puppy or kitten at their home.

 


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

wells ward meetinghouse in ruins after fire...

MARK JONES AND SHELBY LOFTON, KSL TV

Neighbors say Wells Ward meetinghouse was left in disrepair for years before fire

The nearly 100-year-old Wells Ward meetinghouse is set to be demolished after a fire Sunday morning left it in ruins.

2 hours ago

Vehicles travel on I-15, traffic fatalities in utah have decreased...

Josuee Sanchez and Sam Herrera

Utah saw 12% decrease in traffic fatalities from 2022-2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Utah had the seventh-biggest decrease in traffic fatalities in the nation between 2022 and 2023. 

3 hours ago

gov cox speaks during memorial day event...

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com

‘I love my country’: Veterans, Gov. Cox focus on service, honoring military on Memorial Day

Gov. Spencer Cox at a Memorial Day service in Salt Lake stressed the importance of service and honoring veterans who have died while serving.

5 hours ago

a truck hauling a trailer full of horses was hit on monday on westbound i-80, the crash closed the ...

Sam Herrera

Wrong-way crash closes WB I-80 near Great Saltair for ohurs

A wrong-way driver hit a truck pulling a horse trailer head-on, closing westbound I-80 for several hours on Monday

6 hours ago

Medically Vulnerable People program facility in Sandy, a resident of the homeless facility was arre...

Sam Herrera

Resident at Sandy homeless facility arrested for murder of roommate

Police say a 62-year-old resident at the Sandy homeless facility was found dead in her room on Sunday, the victim of an apparent murder.

7 hours ago

a person passes a tsa checkpoint, the tsa hit a record this memorial day weekend...

Sam Herrera

TSA sets record over Memorial Day weekend

According to the agency, TSA officers beat a record previously set on Nov. 26 last year.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Utah animal shelter adjusts to COVID-19