Animal Shelter, Animal Control taking extra safety measures amid COVID-19
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 16, 2020) – The
Oak Ridge Animal Shelter is taking extra measures to mitigate the short- and
long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by following guidelines recommended
by the National Animal Control Association (NACA).
measures include appropriately protecting animal control personnel to reduce
the risk of spreading the virus, as well as working to manage and minimize the
number of new animals entering our shelters.
control officers are continuing to respond to emergency and high-priority
calls, such as:
response to non-emergency calls and low-priority activities are temporarily
suspended. These include:
non-aggressive stray or lost-and-found animals, animal control officers gather
information about the animals to cross-reference with shelter records and other
resources to help locate their owners.
Animal Shelter is taking active measures to reduce non-essential shelter intake
by returning pets in the field instead of impounding them, encouraging owners
who are ill to keep their pets at home whenever possible and facilitating the
fostering of intakes whenever possible.
control officers clean and decontaminate every animal received at the shelter.
addition, animal control officers are provided personal protective equipment
(PPE) for cases requiring a response to a location with someone who is sick or
has been exposed to COVID-19. Officers make every effort to avoid entering the
home of anyone who is known to have been exposed to the virus.
and non-emergency owner surrender intakes can be scheduled regularly by calling
the shelter at (865) 425-3423.