BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) — The Idaho Humane Society is still open for business, but workers and animals will start seeing several changes.
The adoption center is now closed to the public except by appointment. The Humane Society says each available animal will have an online application and potential adopters will be given appointments to meet the animal.
"We ask that only serious adopters apply at this time," IHS said. "It’s a fantastic time to adopt a pet and great way to welcome your new best friend home with plenty of time for potty training, developing routines and daily walks."
IHS will still accept owner surrenders, but ask that people wait to bring in animals if their situation isn't urgent. They are also asking that people only bring in injured cats. "Cats are very good at finding their way home and we discourage any trapping of cats at this time for capacity reasons," IHS said.
Those with missing pets should check online to see if IHS has their pet. Owners who find their pet online can visit the shelter on Dorman Street.
The Medical Veterinary Center is still open for limited services and helping owners with sick animals. IHS is rescheduling upcoming routine appointments and elective procedures through April 5th. That includes spays, nurtures, and dental work.
Humane Officers will remain at work.
The Humane Society says it will continue its foster program, but will be moving training online. Foster parents will be required to make an appointment before coming to the shelter. Other programs, including the volunteer program, are closed.
The Humane Society is still accepting donations of food and treats, but will not be able to accept supplies such as blankets or toys.
The Humane Society recommends people have additional pet food and supplies on hand in case they need to stay home for a long period of time, or if there are restocking delays.