Category: Updates

The latest news and updates from Friends of the Animal Shelter.

Virtual Run/Walk/Bike

2020 Pets 2 the Rescue Virtual Run/Walk/Bike

1 Mile or 5K Run/Walk, or 5 Mile Bike event

NOW through June 15

It’s fun and easy. Just register online, have a great time walking, running or biking, then record your time.

A 1 Mile or 5K Run/Walk, or 5 Mile Bike event

NOW through June 15

It’s fun and easy. Just register online, have a great time walking, running or biking, then record your time.

Register at Pets2theRescue.org

(After you fill in  your personal info, find Jackson County Animal Shelter under the “select your shelter”)

 

100% of your $10 registration fee goes to FOTAS once you select Jackson County Animal Shelter.

May 16th | BY APPOINTMENT LOW-COST DOG VACCINATIONS

BY APPOINTMENT LOW-COST DOG VACCINATIONS

On Saturday, May 16th, the Jackson County Animal Shelter is scheduling a modified “By Appointment Only – Drive-Thru Shot Clinic.”

This will be limited to pet owners needing their dog’s rabies vaccine and license.

No puppies, cats, or kittens will be scheduled/vaccinated.

The dog owner MUST call the Shelter at 541-774-6654 before May 16 to make an appointment, so the staff can stretch out the number of people coming in over the course of three hours.

Please wear a mask and please be on-time.

Pets who are ill, on antibiotics, in heat, or on cortisone products cannot be vaccinated.

Vaccines and Licensing
Vaccinations available for dogs (CASH ONLY as this goes to the veterinarian) are: Rabies ($10 for each rabies vaccine) and Distemper/Parvo booster ($15). All dogs six months of age and older are required by law to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed.

Dog license fees (Check or Credit/Debit Card, or Cash), vary based on the dog’s neuter/spay status, and there is also a discount for veterans and seniors 62 years and older. When calling for your appointment, ask the staff about the fee for your dog(s).

The Process
People with appointments will be directed to drive into the large transportation lot next door to the shelter and wait in line in their cars. The owner will be asked to step out of their car with their dog on a leash. Depending on the behavior of the dog, it will be vaccinated with either the owner holding it or a volunteer will hold the dog. Then the owner will get back in the car with their dog and drive to the regular public lot in front of the Shelter and park for licensing. Once there, the owner will have the option of either going into the lobby (maximum two people in the lobby at a time) to purchase the license or a volunteer will carry the yellow copy of the rabies certificate, along with payment, into the Shelter for processing while the owner stays in the car. This is the shelter’s first attempt of this “drive-thru” concept since the Covid-19 health alert arose, and we’re asking for everyone’s cooperation to help ensure organized processing while maintaining physical distancing.

In the event of rain, a canopy will be set up in the vaccination area.

LOCATION:  Jackson County Animal Shelter

5595 S Pacific Hwy
Phoenix, OR 97535

Phone:(541) 774-6654

 

 

6 Ways to help the Shelter during the COVID-19 crisis

Here are 6 great ways people can be of immediate help:

1. ADOPT: 

Adopting a cat or dog into a loving home is the most obvious way to provide the animals with a happy life. Doing so also makes room at the shelter for incoming strays that need a place to stay.  The regular adoption procedures remain in place to help ensure the animals are being adopted into appropriate homes for individual needs.  View available animals online using the link below. Then contact the Shelter at 541-774-6654 for an appointment. Social distancing procedures will be followed while at the Shelter.

View adoptable cats and dogs online.


2. FOSTER:

The shelter’s foster program, in which adoptable cats or dogs are cared for in people’s homes for a limited amount of time, has been an invaluable resource in the past. Now, with so many people working from home, the shelter is hoping that additional people will be able to provide a temporary home for an animal until the crisis is over.

Find out more about Fostering


3. CONTRIBUTE:

Kitten season is here and kittens are flooding the Shelter.  At this time, with reduced staff, much of the care for these kittens lands in the hands of our Foster families. Friends of the Animal Shelter has created the Purrs & Paws Virtual Kitten Shower to help raise funds and supplies to support the needs of the hundreds of vulnerable orphaned foster kittens that will be cared for over the next several months.  So, just like a baby shower, we have a wish list of supplies we need for our Purrs & Paws Orphaned Kittens Shower.

Please visit the Kitten Shower event page for a full list of items needed.


4. HELP A STRAY: 

If you find a stray cat or dog, please call in a “Found” report to the shelter by phone at 541-774-6654, but, if possible, keep the animal in your home until the owner is located. This will help reduce the number of animals on-site who need staff care.


5. MAKE SURE YOUR PETS ARE LICENSED: 

Rather than renewing pet licenses at the shelter, this can be done either by mail or by calling the shelter at 541-774-6654 with a credit card payment.

Licensing details


6. DONATE:

Help Friends of the Animal Shelter help the animals. New tax benefits are now in effect that allow for 100% tax deductions.  At this time we need funding more than ever.  

Donate Now

 

Foster Families needed during COVID-19 closure

FOSTER VOLUNTEERS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS. 

With the Shelter closure and fewer workers able to come to the Shelter to support the daily workload, Friends of the Animal Shelter is recruiting a larger Foster volunteer force to handle the many animals needing temporary homes at this time.   

Find out more about Fostering, it’s a truly rewarding experience! 

Be a Foster, Save a Life

A LIFE-SAVING EXPERIENCE FOR THEM, A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR YOU.

Shelter Closure Info

Updated March 22, 2020: The Jackson County Animal Shelter is closed to the public starting Sunday, March 22. Services such as adoptions are available by appointment by calling 541-774-6654.

How the Public Can Help

There are 5 ways people can be of immediate help:

1. ADOPT: Adopting a cat or dog into a loving home is the most obvious way to provide the animals with a happy life. Doing so also makes room at the shelter for incoming strays that need a place to stay.  The regular adoption procedures remain in place to help ensure the animals are being adopted into appropriate homes for individual needs.  View available animals online using the link below. Then contact the Shelter at 541-774-6654 for an appointment. Social distancing procedures will be followed while at the Shelter.

View adoptable cats and dogs online.

2. FOSTER: The shelter’s foster program, in which adoptable cats or dogs are cared for in people’s homes for a limited amount of time, has been an invaluable resource in the past. Now, with so many people working from home, the shelter is hoping that additional people will be able to provide a temporary home for an animal until the crisis is over.

Find out more about Fostering 

3. VOLUNTEER: More Friends of the Animal Shelter volunteers are also now needed to walk the shelter dogs and care for the cats since some of the shelter’s volunteers are older and staying home. There may also be help needed in the future cleaning the kennels and feeding the animals.

Interested in learning more?  Call the Friends of the Animal Shelter office at 541-774-6651.

4. HELP A STRAY: If you find a stray cat or dog, please call in a “Found” report to the shelter by phone at 541-774-6654, but, if possible, keep the animal in your home until the owner is located. This will help reduce the number of animals on-site who need staff care.

5. MAKE SURE YOUR PETS ARE LICENSED: Rather than renewing pet licenses at the shelter, this can be done either by mail or by calling the shelter at 541-774-6654 with a credit card payment.

Licensing details

If help is not available?

The public’s help is definitely needed and much appreciated so the shelter can avoid taking other steps should resources or space be lacking. Those situations could necessitate stopping the intake of owner-surrendered pets, so that shelter space is available for strays. Instead, owners would be encouraged to keep their pets with them until the COVID-19 crisis is over or rehome the pet themselves. Another potential outcome might be the need to stop taking in cats if there are insufficient resources to care for them. Neither outcome is desired and the shelter’s staff is working diligently to maintain animal care and well-ordered processing.

For additional information, please contact:

Barbara Talbert, Shelter Manager, at 541-774-6644

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