Cheyenne animal shelter reopens July 6

Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 5:42 PM CDT
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The Cheyenne animal shelter was forced to close down last Wednesday after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

But while 12 of their staff are currently in quarantine due to contact with the infected individual, the shelter says it has the resources to handle a successful reopening on July 6.

“We’re gonna go back to what we had done before, which were the virtual adoptions, meaning a person could look online, see an animal they were interested in, download, fill out and return the adoption form, and then we’ll call you and set up an appointment for you to come and visit," says Sue Castaneda, the CEO of the shelter.

To prevent further closures and infections, the shelter will be taking a few extra precautions going forward.

“The difference is – now – we’re requiring that everyone wear a mask when they come in, and we will take their temperature when they come into the building," says Castaneda.

However, the shelter hopes to further reopen their services to the public at some point down the line.

"In the future, we want to -- probably again by appointment -- make it so that people can come in and walk through and look at pets [before] doing the adoption form," Castaneda says.

For those who have pets they feel they're unable to keep, Castaneda adds that a link for "rehoming" will be available on the shelter's website.

Furthermore, due to the overabundance of food donations, the shelter will be holding a "Grateful Pet-Food Redistribution" where the shelter will give out some of the donations it has received to local pet owners.

The drive is set for July 8 from 12 - 2 P.M. in the parking lot of the shelter.

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