Like all partner agencies, Foothills Animal Shelter is and will continue to be challenged by revenue impacts resulting from COVID-19. Many of the revenue generating services, including adoptions, public vaccination and spay/neuter services, and fundraising events were put on hold to comply with State Orders and PACFA regulations. Foothills Animal Shelter has had limited public services since mid-March and does not foresee being open to the public for full services until June 1st at the earliest. Current services include adoptions-by-appointment, lost and found, pet surrenders and owner requested euthanasia services.
To ensure health and safety measures are implemented successfully, the Shelter has had to minimize use of volunteers and maximize pet fostering. All other services many of which are key funding sources for the Shelter, including on-site licensing and micro-chipping, vaccine clinics, public spay/neuter services, transfers and in-kind donations are suspended at this time. The Shelter must continue to care for animals on police and court holds while agency court cases have been temporarily suspended. Foothills is still supporting your animal control efforts and is not limiting access for any needs your municipalities have including supporting all public safety services such as bite confinement services, protective custody impounds and property holds.
Additionally, several actions to reduce expenditures, including staff layoffs, furloughs and reductions in staff hours, have been taken to partially mitigate projected bottom-line impacts. With the support of The Friends of Foothills Animal Shelter (non-profit fundraising foundation), FAS is working to maximize donations and grant opportunities. The FAS Board continues to be informed of and support the actions taken by Shelter leadership.
Foothills is working to bring back services while honoring social distancing and maximum group numbers and expect to bring back services in a tiered fashion, to serve residents of Jefferson County.