AFV announces changes in light of COVID-19 outbreak

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In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Animal Friends of the Valleys has announced a series of closures and changes to the way it does business in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

“While taking precautions in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, AFV is continuing to provide lifesaving care to cats, dogs and other animals in need,” Monica Wylie, executive director of AFV, said. “We are the first responders for these animals in need in our region.”

According to the emailed statement, effective Friday, March 20, to comply with the state of California’s Stay at Home order, AFV is suspending operations at its low-cost spay neuter and pet vaccination clinic. Any appointments currently scheduled will be rescheduled for a later time.

AFV is also asking for all licensing to be done online by visiting http://www.animalfriendsofthevalleys.com, by phone at (951) 674-0618 or by mail at 33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar, CA 92595.

To adopt a pet, visit the AFV website to view pets and if have an interest in any of the animals, complete the adoption application before visiting the shelter.

Community members interested in offsetting the potential impact pf COVID-19 on pets should inquire about fostering. To learn more about the AFV foster program, visit, http://www.animalfriendsofthevalleys.com/foster.

If your pet is missing, view pets on the AFV website to see if your pet is listed before going by the shelter, which will continue to accept stray animals. When turning in a stray, include as much information as possible to increase the chances of the pet being reunited with its owner. AFV will also continue to accept owner surrenders as needed.

Current hours for AFV are now Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the third Sunday of the month from noon to 4 p.m.

All changes are in effect until further notice.

In addition to the changes at AFV, the shelter is continuing with its high standards of ensuring the cleanliness and sanitation of its buildings to curb the spread of infectious disease in animals and humans.

“This is a difficult time,” Wylie said. “The uncertainty of what is to come in the days and weeks ahead is enveloping all of us at all levels, in all areas.”

Wylie said it’s important to remember that animals depend on them, “365 days a year–no matter what.”

“Please remember we still need the continued support of our community partners, sponsors and you to help us provide the care each animal deserves,” she said.

The AFV website will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

“We thank you for your understanding and want to assure you the animals in our shelter are continuing to receive top-notch care during this challenging time,” Wylie said.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.