The dogs housed in the Canine Care Center will continue to receive quality care; shelter veterinary officials assure there is no evidence pets can contract or spread the COVID-19 virus.
The Lucas County Canine Care and Control center will be closing to the public starting March 18, 2020 but will continue to provide as many services to the pubic as possible.
This decision came out of an abundance of caution and in response to health officials' recommendation to reduce face-to-face contact to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
The shelter had already been proactively managing its intake to maintain a lower animal population in preparation for such a scenario. The dogs that are currently available for adoption will be placed in volunteer and public foster homes. Any dog not able to be matched with a foster home will continue to have their needs met by onsite canine care technicians. Adoptions will happen on an appointment system only. Please call 419-213-2800 for an appointment.
Our animal control officers remain available to respond to calls. We will be taking in stray dogs from the public one person at a time to limit the number of people in our lobby. We will be offering owner surrenders, adoptions, and owner requested euthanasia, by appointment.
This precautionary measure does not mean the shelter's dogs are in danger of either contracting or transmitting this virus. Veterinary officials worldwide are in agreement there is no evidence dogs can become ill from this strain or serve as a carrier. While domesticated animals are not impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, this is a good opportunity to review your pets' role in your disaster preparedness plan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend pet owners keep on hand the following: a two-week supply of food and water for each pet in your care, a two-week supply of each pet's medications, and a file containing each pet's care plan, vaccination and ownership records, microchip information, and a preferred contact in case of emergency.
As this is a fluid situation, the shelter asks that the public monitor its website, www.lucascountydogs.com, and their Facebook page for regular updates, as the closure timeline is subject to change based on guidance received from local and national public health officials.