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Coronavirus Information

**Updated September 27, 2020**

Lost or Found a Pet – Please call us to file a report. If you are missing a pet, visit our website to see the lost pets currently residing at HSEC.

As you may know, the care of animals is an essential function and your Humane Society has remained open throughout this pandemic.  We have, however, had to amend some of our protocols to keep everyone safe. We have followed the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Animal Care and Control Association.

Like you, the Humane Society of Elkhart County is working to transition back to business as usual as safely as possible.  We are following a roadmap for recovery that allows us to act quickly based on the rate of positive cases in our county as reported by the state of Indiana.  As the number of cases continues to decrease, we reduce our restrictions appropriately.

While we never completely closed, we restricted the number of people allowed in the facility to a few people at a time.  We will be increasing that amount over time and have recently begun allowing up to fifteen people in our adoption center at a time.  We are asking all visitors to wear a mask and physically distance from others while inside the facility.

As a result of the pandemic, we began to manage the intake of stray cats.  We did so by asking community members to monitor any healthy cats in their neighborhood and only bring them to the shelter when it was apparent the cat could not find their way home.  We are pleased that we can now accept all stray animals with no waiting period.

Once again, we will be offering trap rental and microchip implant requests.

Our volunteers are returning to help us care for the animals.  In addition, we are accepting applications for new volunteers and look forward to seeing many new faces join us to help care for the animals.  We are taking precautions to keep our volunteers safe including limiting the number of hours they are in the facility.

Faced with fewer adoptions and less access to the public, our animals need YOU more than ever!  Our Paws for A Cause 5K Run and 1 Mile Mutt Strutt has been postponed until the spring.  We are currently holding a virtual Best In Show event.  Please consider participating by voting for your favorite celebrity animal at www.elkharthumanesociety.org/best-in-show/.

For additional information on our protocols please visit our website at www.elkharthumanesociety.org or contact me at 574-848-4225.

Thank you for all your support!


Rob LaRoy

Executive Director