PROTOCOLS IN LIGHT OF COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kingston Humane Society (KHS) is modifying one of its biggest annual fundraising events. “Bowl for the Animals” on April 5th will become “Virtual Bowl for the Animals”. This yearly event has raised in excess of $20,000 but the threat of COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of the actual bowling event. In its place, Executive Director Gord Hunter is asking that teams and donors continue to get pledges and give donations. “We can’t responsibly ask people to gather in close proximity given the current situation,” said Hunter. “But considering the importance of this fundraiser, we’re asking our bowling teams to continue seeking and receiving pledges. We’re calling it “Virtual Bowl for the Animals”.” The KHS encourages sponsors & teams to continue to register online, collect online pledges and email completed sponsorship forms as they normally would for the event.

Team registration and pledges will still be accepted through our website at:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-kingston-humane-society/p2p/BOWL2020/

While virtual events are not unheard of in fundraising, sponsors depend on the public exposure, teams enjoy the social and recreational aspect of bowling and donors love supporting the bowlers. However, as a community partner, the KHS needs to play a role in reducing the potential for transmission of COVID-19.

The KHS is enacting other temporary changes to the ongoing operation of the shelter. The KHS is acutely aware of how quickly viruses can be transmitted so they have enacted increased disinfection protocols and restricted any procedures that might make staff, volunteers or the public more vulnerable to transmission. Immediate steps include:

• The microchip and nail-trim clinic scheduled for April 4th has been moved to June 7th
• We have suspended animal transfers from outside the Kingston area.
• We are asking members of the public who display respiratory symptoms and/or fever, to reconsider entering the building.
• We are insisting that staff suffering from respiratory symptoms and/or fever, stay home and self-isolate.

PLEASE NOTE – According to the World Health Organization there is no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could carry COVID-19.

While the KHS remains open to the public, should COVID-19 become prevalent in Kingston, the KHS will consider restricting public access or closing on a temporary basis. Announcements will be made if and when additional changes are required.

BACKGROUND

The Kingston Humane Society is committed to advocating for and improving the lives of animals within our community. Founded in 1884, the KHS continues to provide shelter and care for homeless animals in Kingston and surrounding communities. We promote responsible pet ownership and compassion and respect for all animals. In addition, we work in and with our community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray or homeless.

CONTACT Gord Hunter, Executive Director KHS, 613-546-1291 ext 105

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