Utah Humane Society takes action in response to COVID-19
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Murray, UT (Mar. 24, 2020) – Shelter clinic services ended temporarily and other organizational updates
The Utah Humane Society announced that it has suspended its clinic services in response to Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s executive order. The order states that health care facilities, including veterinary clinics, must postpone all elective surgeries and procedures on March 25, 2020, to preserve protective equipment needed by doctors and nurses treating patients with COVID-19.
According to a press released from the State of Utah Office of the Governor on Mar. 24, “In order to preserve masks, gloves and other protective equipment for medical professionals assisting in the fight against COVID-19, the Utah Department of Health has announced restrictions on medical, dental, and veterinary procedures that are non-urgent.”
The Utah Humane Society has taken proactive measures to ensure the sustainability of the organization throughout this crisis. Temporary cutbacks have been made in staffing, hours of operation, and nonessential services and programs while maintaining quality care for the animals at the facility located at 4242 S 300 W in Murray, Utah.
“We are doing our part to help during this crisis by stopping elective spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for companion animals from Mar. 25 through Apr. 24,” said Vaughn Maurice, Utah Humane Society executive director. “We understand the critical need for front-line health care workers to have personal protective equipment to ensure their safety and enable them to provide the care and services needed during this pandemic.”
The Utah Humane Society has an affordable community clinic that performs spay and neuter surgeries and pet vaccinations to both shelter animals and pets in the community. In 2019, the clinic performed 7,707 total spay/neuter surgeries and administered 125,829 vaccinations for dogs and cats.
“We're facing unprecedented challenges in the animal welfare field,” said Maurice. “We’re making proactive decisions each day to protect the short-term and long-term welfare of our organization. We've been awed at the tremendous gathering of resources and support from our community to help us through it all. We even had 28 animals adopted from us this past Saturday.”
The Utah Humane Society has made the following changes to its operations recently:
All adoptions are by appointment only.
Intake is limited to urgent pet surrenders by appointment and emergency cases.
Organization-wide temporary reduction of staff has been made due to the reduced hours of operation and clinic services.
Nonessential programs have been postponed, including humane education, volunteer orientations, and pet training.
Public events have been canceled or postponed.
“Now, more than ever, we need to keep our focus on what is best for the animals,” said Maurice. We’re making tough decisions that we know impact people and pets, and we have a plan to make sure we can keep going and rebuild when things improve. The Utah Humane Society has been around for 60 years and has saved hundreds of thousands of animals, and we will keep working hard to save more for the next 60 years and beyond.”
The Humane Society of Utah is a local, independent 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization that does not receive any state or government funding and is not a branch of any national organization. It is funded by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, and foundations.
Donations may be made at UtahHumane.org/donate.
For organizational updates, please visit UtahHumane.org/COVID19updates.