AHS will modify programs and reopen sites in phases
Updated June 5, 2020
Animal Humane Society is focused on protecting the health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff, volunteers, and the community we serve.
In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic escalated, we made the difficult decision to close to the public and provide only limited essential services. Since then we have been working to modify our programs so they can be delivered safely, strictly adhering to the latest guidelines from the CDC and other state and federal agencies. To that end, we've implemented new cleaning and sanitizing protocols and are requiring staff, volunteers, and visitors to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
With those measures in place, we've already introduced adoption by appointment, curbside intake, and curbside veterinary appointments in Golden Valley as well as curbside boarding and grooming at Now Boarding. We’re also using technology to engage with the community in new ways.
Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing more modified services and reopening our sites in phases as we are able to do so safely. Check this page and our social media channels for the latest information and updates.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation together.
Current status of our services
Adoption and intake
- Adoption is currently available by appointment only in Golden Valley and Woodbury.
- Adoption centers at all sites remain closed to the public.
- Intake is available by appointment only with curbside service in Golden Valley and Woodbury.
- We are providing housing for impounded animals in Woodbury and Golden Valley through city contracts in Washington County and for the City of Coon Rapids.
- Select public veterinary services are available by appointment with curbside service at our Golden Valley Veterinary Center.
- End-of-life services for pets are available by appointment in Golden Valley.
- We are currently focused on rescheduling spay/neuter appointments that were cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about spay/neuter appointment availability.
- We are developing online education materials for kids of all ages.
- We are hosting a virtual summer camp in June, and reduced-capacity, in-person summer camps in July and August.
- Our Humane Investigations team remains on duty throughout the state.
- We are currently working with our community partners to find ways to deliver outreach programs safely.
Private training sessions and group obedience courses are available online. In-person obedience courses will resume June 15 with enhanced safety protocols, while playgroups and specialty classes remain temporarily suspended.
Pet boarding, grooming, and daycare
- Pet boarding and grooming are available with curbside service at Now Boarding.
- Now Boarding daycare and play yard services are currently suspended due to current CDC guidelines.
- We are grateful to the volunteers who have opened their homes to provide foster care to animals while our shelters have been closed.
- All volunteer shifts and group volunteer activities in our shelters are currently suspended.
Face coverings and health screening required for all visitors and staff
Animal Humane Society is committed to the health and well-being of the community we serve. To help protect one another, we are requiring all staff, volunteers, and visitors at AHS to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. We are also checking temperatures using a contactless thermometer and asking staff and visitors to an answer the following questions:
- Do you have a new cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
- Are you experiencing new muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)?
- Will anything prevent you from following our temperature check, social distancing, handwashing, and face covering requirements while you are at AHS?
If you answer yes to any of these questions or have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, we may ask you to return at another time
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.