We need your help now, more than ever.
What we're doing:
1. Cleaning & Disinfection. Because we take the health of animals and people very seriously, Anderson has always followed protocols to prevent the transmission of disease between animals and between humans and animals. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented more frequent cleaning of all areas of our facilities, using cleaning agents effective against COVID-19. Effective hand washing is encouraged for all visitors and all staff and volunteers follow protocols to minimize the transmission of disease, including coronavirus.
2. Gatherings. To further reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have cancelled in-person meetings, encouraged staff to work remotely when possible and changed the format of our upcoming Gala event. Click to find out more about our new "Virtual Gala".
3. Donations of supplies. We have enough food, newspapers and bedding for the animals to last until mid-May. Though we appreciate our community's support, we do not have the space to accommodate more of these types of supplies.
4. Programs and services. We will continue to offer the programs and services we feel we can safely provide, while minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Adoptions: In response to the Governor's Stay at Home order, we have suspended adoptions temporarily.
Animal Intakes are restricted to emergencies only. Contact Laura at (847) 697-2880 x 46 or email@example.com for more information.
Humane Education programming has been suspended. We are investigating e-learning options. Watch our Humane Education page for updates!
Clinic Services: Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics will be suspended through April 3rd.
Our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter and Low-Cost Dental Clinics are suspended until further notice.
We will contact all clients to reschedule once we resume normal operations. Please check back for further updates.
Animal Surrenders. Because we must ensure that we can provide appropriate care for the animals already at our facilities, we have begun to limit the intake of incoming animals.
Our Current Shelter Situation
In response to the statewide Shelter at Home Order, mandated by Governor Pritzker, Anderson’s incredible support system sprang into action to the help animals in our care. We are happy to report that as of 5pm yesterday (3/21/20), nearly all of our animals have either been adopted or placed into temporary foster homes. The few remaining animals, those with medical or behavioral special needs, are being cared for in our South Elgin location.
Thank you to everyone who adopted or reached out to us to offer your assistance. We are incredibly grateful to our community for stepping up and showing your support in such an amazing way!
We will assess daily, our ability to safely provide limited services and programs. This includes adoptions of animals currently in foster homes. At this point, we cannot safely accept donations of items at any of our locations. However, if you are able to help Anderson during this time that will certainly leave our organization financially strained, we ask you to consider making a donation online (click to donate).
As our situation changes, we will share information here, as well as through our Facebook and Instagram pages.
If you signed up as an Emergency Volunteer - THANK YOU! Though we may not have reached out to you yet, we may still need you! We realize that limiting our intakes has placed a burden on our community and on our Oklahoma shelter partners. We are also entering "kitten season" and will soon need more kitten fosters. We are working to find safe ways to save the lives of animals during this challenging time. Check this page frequently and watch your emails for more information.
COVID-19 and Pets:
Anderson has received numerous requests for information about the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to pets or from pets to people. The most recent statements from the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the American Veterinary Medical Association are that there is no evidence that pets can become infected with COVID-19. Earlier reports of an infected dog in China are unsubstantiated. Officials now report that the weakly positive test result was likely due to sample contamination from the dog's COVID-19 positive owner.
We do always recommend hand washing (vigorous, under warm water, for at least 20 seconds) especially after touching an animal and before eating or touching one's face.
We will remain vigilant and will adjust our response as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Please check back for updates.
More COVID information:
During times of stress, pets become even more important in our lives. According to the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), pets improve heart health, alleviate depression, increase well-being, support immune health and more!