Animal Services closing lobby due to COVID-19
March 18, 2020
In response to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control relating to social distancing to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the lobby of the City of Hot Springs Animal Services will be closed to customers until further notice starting on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Individuals interested in adopting or looking for lost pets can view the animals from the outside kennels or look on the Animal Services Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HotSpringsAnimalServices/).
To adopt or reclaim pets, call Animal Services at 501-262-2091 for assistance. To fill out paperwork on adopted or reclaim animals, one person will be allowed in the lobby at a time.
All other Animal Services business will be conducted as usual with precautions.
Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Animals and COVID-19:
“In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.
• Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies.
• Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly.
• Take pets to the veterinarian regularly and talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.
For more information, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website (https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/) .
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. For more information visit: What to Do if You are Sick (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html).”
John Seales Animal Services Center
The Animal Services Department enforces city and state animal laws and provides educational material for schools, civic clubs, and other groups. The division operates a humane shelter and handles cases involving stray or harmful animals.