Rockwall Animal Shelter Adopts New Policies During Coronavirus

Rockwall Pet Adoptions COVID 19

Rockwall Adoptions Goes Online with Available Pets

As many Texans stay at home cuddling with their pets, Rockwall County’s animal shelter is still running and in need of help. While the adoption center is closed to visitors for the duration of the public health emergency, animals are still being cared for at the facility or with foster families. Cats and dogs are still in need of homes and are available for adoption or fostering.

In a statement published on their website: “The Rockwall Adoption Center will be closed through April 3, pending further CDC requirements, for COVID-19 precautions to keep RAC staff and the public safe. Emergencies can be coordinated through the police department at 972-771-7717. For owner reclaims, please email info@rockwalladoptions.com, message us on Facebook (Rockwall Adoptions), or call 972-771-7750 ext. 2.”

According to Rockwall shelter spokesperson Meaghan Estes, “In the last couple of weeks we have seen a drop in our adoption rate, and an increase in surrenders.” While there has been no hard indication that this trend is due to fears that our dogs and cats can spread the disease, it would be easy to make that assumption. However, experts agree that such fears, if they exist, are overblown.

Per the World Health Organization (WHO), “There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.” Most species that humans come in close contact with have some type of coronavirus. However, according to Dr. Niels Pedersen, Ph.D., a professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the U.C. Davis Veterinary Medicine School, “The feline and dog coronaviruses, which people are most interested in, do not infect humans and vice versa.“

Adopt or Foster While Sheltering at Home

With many people working from home and staying indoors as much as possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it creates an ideal situation to adopt a pet. A new pet will need time to become accustomed to its new surroundings. Domestic pets are generally social animals, and the extra “home time” created by recent shelter-in-place policies gives us more opportunity to bond with them and make them comfortable in their new family.

Although the shelter itself is closed and adoption outreach programs temporarily suspended, it is still possible to view potential adoptees online. Depending on public safety policies in force at the time, a meet and greet may be arranged at a mutually agreeable location.

Molly Brodnax, Dirctor of legacy Humane Society, which operates the Rockwall shelter issued this statement: “This has been an extremely difficult time for us. We have made all perimeters to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, the community and the animals we service. While many other shelters have had to resort to humane euthanasia in order to manage the government shut down. Our shelter has been able to maintain staffing to care for the animals an avoid the possibility of euthanasia thanks to the help of the public willing to take animals into foster care. We have experienced a 90% decline in adoptions and the ability to get supplies has been difficult so anyone willing and able to donate any supplies they have on hand and are not in need of is greatly appreciated. Bleach, dog/cat food, Pin Sol, and chlorine tablets are what we are the most in  need of at this time. Any support is greatly appreciated! We are hopeful that this will be over soon and we thank you all for your support and donations during this time of need.”

The American Veterinary Medical Association advises that families include pets in their emergency preparedness planning. Keep a two-week supply of your pet’s food and medications on hand. Above all, treat your pets as what they are – beloved family members.

Rockwall dog for adoption

See available pets at Rockwall Adoptions

Bob Lewis
Planet Rockwall

Photos: Rockwall Adoptions / Rockwall, Texas