Animal shelter open but operations have changed

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter is still open for drop-offs and adoptions but they have made changes to keep employees and the public safe. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter is still open for drop-offs and adoptions but they have made changes to keep employees and the public safe.

Kimberly Imbert, the animal shelter operations supervisor, said they are no longer allowing for animal visits. Instead, they posting videos of the animals to their Facebook page. She said that if people still want to see the animals, they can set up an appointment and watch the animals being handled by tenders behind glass.

If someone wants to adopt an animal, they can set up an appointment and then pick up the animal from the drop boxes in the back of the shelter to minimize contact with the staff. All surrenders and stray drop-offs are also done with the boxes.

Imbert says that if you do adopt an animal or own an animal, there are steps you should take to stay prepared during the pandemic.

"We are encouraging people to have a good supply of medications if your animal is on medication -- have more than a weeks’ worth. Have a good supply of food. We are also encouraging that people keep their animals home and take care of them themselves," Imbert said.

Imbert also says to have a plan in place for someone to take care of your animal if you should get sick.

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