Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operations Changes at OAHS

The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is committed to the well being of animals and people in our community.  We have been closely following the COVID-19 recommendations made by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services. As sad as this makes us, we absolutely must take necessary precautions to protect our staff, volunteers and guests.  We need to be here for animals and people in our community, possibly now more than ever.  That is why, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice, OAHS will be closed to the general public and services will only be available by appointment.   Your cooperation, flexibility and understanding is appreciated.

On March 24, 2020 Governor Evers issued a “Safer at Home” Executive Order for the State of Wisconsin. OAHS is happy to report that shelters and rescues that provide care to animals were listed as an “essential” service which can continue operating (Full text available here).

That means OAHS will still be providing needed core services such as adoptions, animal surrenders and stray care to our community.

Here are some FAQs we are receiving along with the answers:

"Are you still doing adoptions?"
Yes, although all adoptions are done through appointment only to control the number of people in our building at any given time. We have modified our adoption process so we are asking those interested in adopting fill out and submit an adoption application first (even if you haven’t decided on a particular animal) - after processing the application an adoption counselor will contact you to schedule a time to come in, making the process more efficient. See our new Adoption Process on our website here.

"Are cat nail trim and cap services changing?"
Yes, we have modified this service to accommodate cat owners while still maintaining social distancing and sanitary protocols. Nail trims and caps will be scheduled from 1-2 pm Tuesday- Saturday. Please call (920) 303-3166 to schedule a day. We are scheduling a maximum of 10 people per day. Those scheduled are asked to drive up to the front door (there may be a line). A staff person will take your cat in its carrier from the car, bring it in for the service, and bring it back out to your car when finished.

"I want to help during this time by fostering! How do I do that?"
Currently we are assessing our foster needs and we are compiling a list of potential foster homes should we need them in the future. We’ve had an amazing response already. If you are interested in fostering please send your contact information, along with what types of animals you can foster to Stephanie@oahs.org. You will be sent a foster application to fill out and return. After that, you will be contacted if you are a good match for an animal who needs a foster home. Please do not be discouraged if you are not contacted; it just means we do not have a need that matches your situation right now but you may be contacted in the future.

"Can OAHS take animal surrenders?"
Yes, however we are asking that if it is not an emergency and the family or the animal is not in danger that you keep the animal during this time as to not overload available resources. If you must surrender your animal, or have a situation and are unsure if it is an emergency, please call (920) 424-2128 to speak to a caregiver.

"Will you still take stray animals?"
Yes. OAHS has a contract with the City of Oshkosh and other area townships and jurisdictions to house and care for stray animals. All pictures of stray animals are posted on our designated Facebook page: Found Strays at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. If you have a stray from a non-contracted area you will be directed to your local shelter. We are doing this so we do not exceed our resources for care.

We’re very grateful to our community for their patience and understanding as we get through this together.