Updated for Cherokee County Animal Shelter 6/1/20
The following is a list of precautions that our shelter will be taking effective immediately. We have taken under advisement the current Coronavirus COVID 19 outbreak in our community as well as the suggestion from federal and local government for social distancing and limiting the number of persons in one space. We are taking the health of our employees, volunteers, adopters, and community into account and will be doing our best to ensure everyone needs are being met as safely as possible and with limited exposure.
**First and foremost do not come to the shelter if you are sick or are exhibiting any contagious symptoms.
Employees: We will be back to our full staff working at the shelter in normal shifts. We are taking extra measures to clean and disinfect all surfaces, multiple times a day. We are continuing to check voice mail, Social Media and email regularly.
Adoptions: We are increasing but continuing to limit the number adopters visiting the shelter, to limit traffic inside the facility and maintain social distancing, especially during high traffic adoption days. You are welcome to call for the latest information on our process for adoption before making the trip to the shelter. Please check our Facebook page or our website for the latest details: https://www.facebook.com/CherokeeCountyAnimalShelter/
TUESDAY through FRIDAY please wait outside the front door for someone to assist you or call the front desk if there are other cars in the parking lot and we will alert you to come inside the building (678) 493-4393
There will be a sign up before we open with a virtual waiting list. Check our Facebook Page for details! https://www.facebook.com/CherokeeCountyAnimalShelter/
Check our online portal to view the animals available for adoption prior to visiting the shelter. https://www.adoptapet.com/shelter72427-pets.html
All casual animal visitation and socialization is still canceled at this time. The employees will provide the necessary enrichment for the animals throughout the day.
Food Pantry: Please call ahead and we will do our best to have it prepared for you in advance of your arrival, again to eliminate the potential exposure for everyone. Also food pantry donations are still greatly needed!! In this time of uncertainty and when some families are having to make hard choices, please help us make feeding family pets not have to be one of them. 678-493-4393
Donations: for wish list items and the food pantry can be made online and delivered straight to us through many resources including but not limited to: Amazon, Chewy, Walmart, Target and Kroger. We have an outside drop box that donations can be placed in and we will empty this regularly. Please DO NOT bring donations into the shelter lobby at this time.
Any monetary donations will be accepted online through our Paypal link at www.cherokeega-animals.org
or via regular mail and will be used for our Paw it Forward Pre-paid adoptions program and any other needs of the animals.
Volunteers/Community Service: All volunteering, including our Read to Me program, and community service work is still canceled until further notice.
Intake of animals will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY . The intake lobby door may be locked to keep exposure of the staff to the public at a minimum.
Owner Surrender: Any CHEROKEE COUNTY pet parent needing to surrender an animal MUST visit our website and make an appointment before arriving at the building (678) 493-4387 . www.cherokeega-animals.org
Strays: If you find or see a stray animal, please call ANIMAL CONTROL 678-493-4080 or 678-493-6200 Please do NOT pick up stray animals during this time. IF you decide to foster a found animal in your home, call the shelter or visit us online www.cherokeega-animals.org
to complete a FOUND REPORT in our system.
Owner Requested Euthanasia: Euthanasia services for CHEROKEE COUNTY owned animals will be done by appointment only. Please call before arriving at the intake building 678-493-4387. Cherokee County Animal Shelter does not have a veterinarian on staff and is not a veterinary hospital. IF your animal is injured or in need of veterinary attention, please contact a local veterinarian’s office.
To reclaim or report lost animals: If you are looking for a lost animal, please call the intake department at 678-493-4387. We will help you report and virtually check the shelter for your lost animal. If you are reclaiming an animal (because the staff has called that your pet is at the shelter) please arrive promptly at the appointment time or call to reschedule as soon as possible. If you need to reclaim an animal and are self quarantined, we will make arrangements to have your animal returned to you PLEASE do not come to the shelter.
Please be patient with the shelter staff as the protocols and changes during this time are new to all of us and we are doing our best to help our patrons as well as the animals already in our care. We will remain vigilant with our response and adjust these procedures as required. Please check with us regularly for updates.