INLAND VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY & S.P.C.A.

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IVHS CLOSED TO PUBLIC FOR “STAY AT HOME” – fOSTERS NEEDED

March 20, 2020, Pomona, CA –The Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA (IVHS) is closing to the public due to Governor Newsom’s Statewide ‘Stay at Home’ Order.  Because IVHS cares for animals in our communities and contracts with local municipalities to control rabies, we cannot just cease operations, but we are taking measures to mitigate exposure for our employees and community members out of concern for public health.

IVHS will continue to provide emergency field services support to the municipalities we contract with and for those residing in our service cities, please call (909) 594-9858 only if you have an animal related emergency or to report deceased animals in the public right of way.  For those families looking to reunite with a lost animal, please contact our emergency number once you have gone online to view animals available in our shelter and believe the animal is in our care.  If you find an animal with identification, please try to return the animal to its owner before contacting IVHS.  We ask that anyone with a humane trap refrain from trapping cats and wildlife at this time.  If there already is an animal in the trap, please contact IVHS at the emergency number above. ­­Owner relinquishments will not be accepted until further notice.

Effective immediately, all dog and cat licenses will only be processed online and via mail.  Animal owners can submit new and renewal licenses online at www.ivhsspca.org/licensing or by mail to Attn:  Customer Service, 500 Humane Way, Pomona, CA 91766.  We know this is a difficult time, therefore penalties for delinquent licenses will be waived until the COVID-19 crisis is over.

Because adoptions are not considered an essential service for purposes of the Governor’s Order, we are asking the one million residents in the cities we serve to come together and help us by opening your hearts and homes to animals currently in our shelter.  We need people who are able and willing to “Foster to Hold” which means you will care for an animal until this crisis passes and return the animal to the shelter once we are able to resume normal operations; or “Foster to Adopt” which means you want to adopt a specific animal with spay/neuter surgeries commencing once IVHS is back to normal operations. We are asking those who are interested in helping foster shelter animals to please contact IVHS at adoptions@ivhsspca.org.  For those wishing to partner with us as a foster parent, please go online to www.ivhsspca.org/adoptions to view all available animals at the shelter.  A staff member will work with potential foster families to deliver animals to residents in order to comply with the ‘Stay at Home’ Order.

For those concerned about the quality of care the animals are receiving, rest assured animals who are in need are getting the medical attention necessary to ensure proper care and our staff is socializing and interacting with the animals in the shelter on a daily basis.  Being closed to the public affords staff additional time to comfort and play with animals in our care.

The Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to providing protection, shelter and medical care to abandoned and injured animals of our community. For more information, contact IVHS at info@ivhsspca.org or by phone at 909-623-9777.

 

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