COVID-19

What we're doing to adjust for the pandemic:

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. Limiting Gatherings. As Illinois moves into Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, we will begin to reopen programs as we can do so safely. Most meetings are still being held remotely.

3. Donations of Supplies. We have begun to accept donations of dog/cat food and supplies as well as blankets, towels and newspapers at our S. Elgin location. Thank you! 

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: Adoptions are now open! Click for info.

Animal Intakes: Contact Kate at (847) 697-2880 x 22 or kburns@andersonanimalshelter.org​ for more information.

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). 

Emergency Volunteers:

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. 

More COVID information:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)