COVID-19 Update


3/18/20

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Our hearts are breaking as we have chosen to cancel our 2020 Black Tie & Tails Gala, which benefits the homeless animals at the Baltimore Humane Society. Our primary concern will always be about health, safety and the well-being of animals and the community. Even though COVID-19 is not contagious to animals, we want the animal owners to be safe. We strongly believe that this is the right decision following the recommendations and mandates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Governor Hogan regarding large gatherings to help prevent the spread of the virus to our staff, volunteers and our loyal supporters.

Black Tie & Tails is our largest fundraiser of the year and represents a substantial portion of our fundraising revenue. The cancellation of this event is beyond devastating to our organization. The loss directly impacts our annual budget, which supports our adoption center, the critical medical care and everyday necessities for our animals, our spay/neuter and wellness clinic, our pet bereavement services, and our community outreach and children’s programs.

Given the situation, we are going to need an unprecedented level of support; therefore, parts of Black Tie & Tails are still going to be happening, and there is something new in the works!

  • Our Black Tie & Tails silent auction will launch as originally planned on April 27 at BTT2020.givesmart.com.
  • Over the next weeks we will be announcing plans for a virtual event.

We are optimistic that you will come through for us by bidding generously (and often) during the silent auction, and by donating directly to us to help recover the lost revenue from the event cancellation.

The loss of Black Tie & Tails is going to hurt, and we are going to need everyone’s help to make sure that we are able to continue our life-saving work.

Of course, any tickets or sponsorships will be refunded upon request. Otherwise, be assured that your donation will go to directly support our animals and their placement into loving homes.

Our shelter remains open to care for the animals, for adoptions, and to provide pet food to individuals who are experiencing financial difficulties. The spay/neuter and wellness clinic is closed until further notice. All volunteer orientations and community outreach events have been canceled/postponed until it is deemed safe to reschedule.

As we navigate this journey, we are grateful for the commitment, compassion and friendship of our volunteers, supporters and sponsors. Thank you very much!

 ABOUT THE BALTIMORE HUMANE SOCIETY

A crucial member of the Baltimore community for nearly one hundred years, Baltimore Humane Society is an independent non-profit animal organization offering services for all stages of pet ownership. BHS works diligently to help homeless animals find necessary medical treatment, behavioral training, and, ultimately, loving forever homes. Adoption programs offer modified/waived fees and benefit senior animals, senior citizens, veterans and first responders. The clinic offers low-cost spay/neuter, vaccination and wellness services to the public. The memorial park offers end-of-life options for beloved pets as well as bereavement support and grief counseling. BHS receives no funding from government sources or national animal organizations.

 


3/17/20

BALTIMORE HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CHANGES IN OPERATIONS

We know there is great concern about COVID-19, especially with cases being reported in Maryland. The Baltimore Humane Society is following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are encouraging you to do the same during this time. We are practicing enhanced cleaning protocols and health precautions to ensure the safety of our visitors and our BHS team.

In addition, we are temporarily shifting our operational focus to essential services as of March 18.

Pet Adoptions will be conducted by appointment only. If you are interested in adopting one of our shelter animals, please complete and submit an online application. Once approved, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.

Regarding other services Baltimore Humane Society provides, until further notice:

  • Our Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic is closed
  • Intake/Admission services will be provided by appointment only
  • Volunteer service will be by scheduled shifts only
  • Bmore Kind Food Bank assistance will be provided by appointment (as available)
  • All volunteer orientations and foster classes are postponed
  • All community outreach events are canceled/postponed

During this unprecedented crisis, the Baltimore Humane Society is committed to continue serving our community, providing care for homeless animals and offering assistance to pet owners in need.

The decisions we are making are tough ones, but necessary to protect the well-being of our people and the animals we care for.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and promptly notify you if further changes to our operations become necessary.

 


3/13/20

A STATEMENT FROM THE BALTIMORE HUMANE SOCIETY REGARDING COVID-19

As always, the well-being of our staff, volunteers, pets, and community are our top priorities. In light of national concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), The Baltimore Humane Society wants to remind supporters to have a plan in place for you and your pets. If you are currently ill or have any of the known risk factors associated with the virus, please do not visit our facility. Here are the symptoms of COVID-19 from the CDC. We encourage you to return when you are feeling well again.

Can I still find a new family member?

Yes! The Baltimore Humane Society is still open, and we have a lot of amazing pets here waiting for their new homes! Please visit our website at www.bmorehumane.org/adopt  to pick out your new furry friend.

Can my pet get COVID-19?

At this time, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals infected with COVID-19. However, it is believed that the virus can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours, including animal fur. It is not believed that animal saliva or other bodily fluids carry the disease.

Can I touch my pet if I have COVID-19?

Because animals can carry diseases on their fur, they could pass the disease to another person if you touch them while sick. For this reason, we suggest limiting cuddling and kissing animals who have been touched by people who may be carrying COVID-19, including members of the public. If at all possible, have another member of your household care for your pets. If you must care for your pet while sick, wash your hands before and after your interaction with your pets.

What Can I Do to Prepare?

You should always have a plan in place for your pets in case of any disaster.

1)      Make arrangements with nearby family, friends, and neighbors who are willing to agree to assist you if you become hospitalized. Make sure they have access to carriers and emergency kits as well as written permission to act for you. Post, in a visible or known location, a current list of the number and types of animals in your home.

2)      Keep vaccinations and preventative care up to date; give medical records and veterinary contact information to your pet’s caregiver. Include microchip information and recent photos of you with your pet for identification.

3)      Have a two-week supply of food and medications on hand for your pet.

4)      Go to PetHelpful.com for more information on what to pack for your pet during an emergency.

BHS is monitoring the situation closely and is in touch with health officials in order to keep everyone in our community safe. Please see the CDC’s website for more information on the COVID-19 virus and how it could impact your pets.


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