Tulsa SPCA’s Response to the Pandemic

 

March 18, 2020 Update: Services further limited at the Tulsa SPCA

ADOPTIONS: Please virtually visit our adoptable animals, complete an application online and, if you’re approved, we’ll contact you to finalize things, arrange a time for you to come in and bring your new pet to your car to go home.

INTAKE: We are closed to all intake of dogs and cats until further notice.

VOLUNTEERS: We ask that volunteers please not come to the shelter.

CRUELTY: Please submit cruelty complaints as usual. Our cruelty investigator will follow up via phone and/or email. There will be NO in-person cruelty investigations until further notice.

CLINIC: The clinic is closed to the public until further notice. If you have questions, please try to reach us by email or Facebook. We have an extremely high volume of calls and very limited staff on hand – you will get an answer more quickly in writing.

March 17, 2020 Update: Limited Services at the Tulsa SPCA

ADOPTIONS: Please virtually visit our adoptable animals, complete an application online and, if you’re approved, we’ll contact you with further instructions.

INTAKE: We are currently at capacity. We anticipate increased access restrictions in the coming days and decreased staff availability. As such, we are closed to all intake of dogs and cats until further notice.

VOLUNTEERS: We are not training new volunteers at this time, but if you’re trained to walk dogs, please email volunteers@tulsaspca.org to see if you can come help!

CRUELTY: Please submit cruelty complaints as usual. Our cruelty investigator will follow up via phone and/or email.

CLINIC: We are open for public spay/neuter by appointment only. Vaccine clinics will be open – expect to wait with your animal in the car until you’re called in for vaccines. If you have questions, please try to reach us by email or Facebook. We have an extremely high volume of calls and you may get an answer more quickly in writing.

March 14, 2020

The Tulsa SPCA always tries to prioritize the health and safety of our animals, visitors and staff. Because we recognize the uncertainty in our community surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we want to provide clear, fact-based information to our supporters. Over the next several weeks, we will continue to monitor the situation in our community and will take appropriate actions based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tulsa Health Department.

So far in Tulsa County, we have isolated cases where the individuals’ infections were travel-related.  We do not have any confirmed cases of community transmission at this point. To exercise an abundance of caution, however, we will be making some changes at the Tulsa SPCA for the next several weeks. These changes primarily involve check-in and waiting for our public veterinary services and our outreach activities. Our goal is to do everything we can to help avoid any possible spread of the virus. Please be patient with our staff as new guidelines may result in slightly longer wait times, and please be aware things may change quickly. We will try to update our social media and our website as soon as changes occur.

Some facts we want to share:

  • At this time, there is no evidence that you can catch COVID-19 from your pet. For more information on this please feel free to visit https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#animals
  • Cleaning with products that kill bacteria and viruses (including coronaviruses) is part of our standard operating procedures. We will however increase the frequency we clean public areas.
  • Your pet does not need to wear a mask.
  • There are some respiratory diseases your pets can get that are preventable by vaccine. The most common are bordetella, parainfluenza and canine influenza. These vaccines are available at the Tulsa SPCA and your local veterinarian.

We encourage everyone to practice normal flu season precautions such as:

  • Wash hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have a fever.
  • Cover your cough, preferable with a tissue you then throw in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your bent elbow, not your hand.
  • Clean and disinfect areas touched frequently.
  • If you are diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, limit your contact with other people and your pets.

Now is a good time to develop an emergency plan, including provisions for your pets, if you don’t already have one. Again, thank you in advance for your patience as we adjust to this rapidly changing situation.

Sincerely,

Mindy Tiner
Executive Director