UPDATE: COVID-19 AND THE FRED SPCA

06/09/2020 | Carrie Withers

Updates related to COVID-19 as of June 9th, 2020

In mid-March due to the COVID pandemic the Fredericksburg SPCA began making some operational changes to ensure the safety of our employees, volunteers, animals in our care and members of our community in accordance with the guidelines set by the Virginia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to help minimize the risk of COVID. 

Since the pandemic has occurred and began impacting our own community we have placed our animal population into our foster care network and we implemented a virtual adoption process so we could continue to find forever homes for our friends. We will continue to house our animals with our Fred Foster Fam, and therefore we will not be open to animal viewing at the Fred SPCA facility. The Adventure Tails program will remain temporarily discontinued while our animals remain in foster care. 

We have remained open to provide programs and services that are crucial to our community such as our PET Pantry, P.E.T.S. (People Empowered Through Support) Program, Safe Haven Program, Intake & Transfer of Animals, Provide Foster Care for our Animals, Animal Adoptions and Medical Services.

As the City of Fredericksburg began Phase II of reopening with the expectation of going into Phase III in the near future, you may be wondering what will change about our modified operations. We are currently limiting foot traffic in our animal care center and clinic by utilizing contactless methods of animal pickups and drop-offs from our fosters to our staff, and from our staff to our adopters. There are markers at our doors to provide social distancing per the 6 foot social distancing guidelines. Please note that our adoptions are being done virtually and by appointment only until further notice. In addition, we are deep cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and we ask our FredSPCA Team and our visitors to wear masks while at our Animal Care Center. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary to continue to provide our programs safely and smoothly as possible. 

ADOPTIONS & BOUTIQUE

During the Virtual Adoption process you would do the following:

  1. Search our available animals on our website
  2. Complete the dog or cat survey on our website
  3. A member of our Matchmaker team will be in touch with you within 24-72 hours to schedule a virtual meet and greet with the animal you are interested in. Please keep in mind that we are currently receiving hundreds of applications per week and are working hard to keep up with the demand. We encourage you to ask staff members any questions you may have about the animal so we can help find the right match for your family!
  4. Once your Meet & Greet is scheduled this will give you an opportunity to meet the animal and view the animal in a home environment with their foster family. You may ask questions during this time as well.
  5. After virtually meeting your selected animal, we will schedule you to come to our adoption center to either adopt or foster to adopt your new furry companion! All of our paperwork is processed electronically and payments are accepted through a contactless method. Adoptions are processed in the order in which they are received. We require that all adopted dogs leave our center wearing a collar and leash and all of our cats must be transported in a carrier. We do have these items available for purchase at our boutique during pickup. All adopters must be 18 years of age or older to adopt an animal.

P.E.T.S. PROGRAM & PET PANTRY

If you or someone you know is in need of pet food or supplies or access to low cost medical care please know that we are here to help! You may enroll by completing our application on our website at fredspca.org/petsprogram. After enrolling in the PETS Program, pet parents may pick up food once per month. If needed, within 6 months of enrollment, we will assist pet parents to get their up to date vaccines and spay/neuter for each of their animals through our low cost clinic. If you have any additional questions regarding this program please contact us at PETS@Fredspca.org. We are doing drive thru style pickups at this time. 

REHOMING YOUR PET

We are a humane, non-profit organization with limited space. We try to keep our intake waitlist full at all times to maximize our life saving potential, which means we will do what we can to help keep animals with their families. We have resources to match most situations as well as educational tools to help you understand what is going on with your animal. If for some reason you need to surrender your pet, please complete our request intake appointment form on our website at https://fredspca.org/rehome/ so we can learn the best way that we can help. 

VOLUNTEERING

We miss our amazing volunteers and are working towards having you all back at our adoption center soon. At this time we are limiting the number of volunteers we have at our center due to the pandemic. We are slowly adding volunteers back to our team. Know that safety is our number one priority so we are asking our volunteers to follow our COVID Safety Guidelines. Our staff are currently split up on A Team and B Team so our volunteers would also be on A Team or B Team. We are doing daily temperature checks and we ask our volunteers to wear masks while they are in our facility. 

DONATIONS

We are honored that you have chosen to support our organization with a gift whether it is the gift of time, monetary, pet food, pet supplies, masks for our staff, lunch donated to our staff and the list goes on. We keep our Amazon Wish-List as up to date as possible so please visit us on our website at fredspca.org/donate to learn more about our current needs. There are many ways to give: becoming a monthly member by joining our Fred SPCA Pack, In-Kind Giving, donating supplies either through Amazon or dropping off supplies to us at our front doors, as well as the option to do a one time donation on our website. 

FOSTER CARE

Currently, the majority of our animal population has been placed in temporary foster homes with volunteers who have completed our foster training program. We are always looking for volunteers who wish to foster. We provide the food and supplies needed for our fosters, all you have to do is bring the LOVE! Fostering enriches the lives of cats in dogs in our care by offering them a place to grow, recover, socialize and learn valuable skills that will help them in finding their success in their forever homes. If you are interested in becoming a foster please complete our application on our website at fredspca.org/foster. We ask all of our foster care providers to wear a mask or other face covering when they come for any appointments at our center and or clinic.

HUMANE EDUCATION

Please keep an eye out on our website and our social media pages for updates regarding our human education programs.

Please know that we are forever grateful for your support of the Fredericksburg SPCA during this unprecedented time. All of you are OUR ambassadors in animal welfare and help us in our lifesaving mission. We appreciate all that you do for not only your own pets but all of the homeless pets in our community. Thank you — and stay healthy and well.

All My Best,

Carrie Withers, Executive Director