As information from political leaders and the medical community became available, we began to take action.  We made several additional changes as Executive Orders were issued by Wisconsin’s Governor.  The highlights of changes made (in no specific order) are:

  • Closed the shelter to anyone arriving without an appointment.
  • Canceled training classes for volunteers.
  • Canceled off site training sessions for staff.
  • Canceled all education and civic group meetings at the shelter.
  • Reduced and then stopped all volunteer activity.
  • Developed a plan to operate the shelter with minimal staff who would shelter in place if additional restrictions were imposed.  Additional food supplies for staff and animals were brought into the building, and longer term supplies for staff who would remain in the building were acquired.  Thankfully we have not had to use this plan.
  • Implemented a computer based calendar to limit the scheduling of customers doing adoptions, surrenders and reclaims to one at a time.
  • Increased our level of cleaning in the common areas and implemented “deep clean” methods.
  • Instructed staff to stay home if they are not feeling well.
  • Set up additional outdoor signage and updated outdoor signage as needed.
  • Changed the location of donated items from coming into the building to being dropped outdoors along the side of the garage.
  • Implemented a procedure to use and clean reusable gloves instead of using disposable gloves.  We suspect that disposable gloves may become difficult to acquire.
  • Remind HSPC staff to social distance from other humans.
  • Remind HSPC staff to wash their hands and clean their work areas frequently.
  • Made face masks available for staff and visitor use.
  • Set up the animal quarantine room to hold animals that may come from a Covid-19 infected home.  We are thankful that Portage County’s infection count has remained low, and we have not had to use this room.
  • Rescheduled our fund raiser, Walk for Wags, from June to August.
  • Canceled the 2020 HSPC Open which was scheduled to be held July 29th at SentryWorld
  • Canceled the 2020 Walk for Wags which was scheduled for August 16 at Pfiffner Pioneer Park.
  • Canceled the volunteer orientations scheduled for 2020.
  • Visitors are required to wear face masks starting on July 21, 2020.
  • Lead Cat and Lead Dog volunteers were invited to return filling scheduled time slots starting July 27 .  Only one cat lead and one dog lead per day are being scheduled.
  • In compliance with the Governor Evers Executive Order 82: Relating to Declaring a Public Health Emergency​​ — July 30, ​​2​020 and Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings HSPC now require face coverings for both staff and visitors. 
  • Canceled the 2020 Beer and Cheese for Pets Please scheduled in October 2020.
  • Canceled the 2020 PetFest scheduled in November 2020.
  • Canceled the 2020 Santa Paws scheduled in December 2020.

Last updated August 14, 2020