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Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter open, taking steps to keep public safe during COVID-19 pandemic

HOV is still operating 7 days a week
Posted at 10:00 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 12:54:38-04

BELGRADE — The Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter is taking some precautionary steps to keep the public safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Saturday, they’re limiting the number of visitors to 10 at a time.

The shelter is also only allowing those who are serious about adopting or surrendering their animals into the shelter at this time.

The shelter is still operating at its normal hours, 7 days a week, and they’re still taking physical and cash donations.

“This is a great time to adopt, especially if you’re stuck at home. You can love on these animals more than you normally would. I think that any time is a great time,” said Kristin Sherwood, volunteer and outreach manager at the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter.

“I don’t think the circumstances should deter anybody from adopting if they’re thinking about it.”

And just as a reminder, the start of spring means kitten season.

The Heart of the Valley expects to have lots of kittens and other animals available to foster in the coming weeks.