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Cecil County Animal Services Modifies Services in Response to COVID-19

Post Date:03/16/2020 7:47 PM

March 16, 2020

CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD. – Cecil County Animal Services is committed to protecting the health and safety of the community, animals, staff, and volunteers. As a direct response to COVID-19, and until further notice, we will require visitors to call ahead and make an appointment for all adoptions, fostering, animal intakes and the pet pantry program.

The following measures have been implemented, effective immediately:

  • Animal visitation will be limited to those actively considering foster or adoption. All inquiries should be made via phone (410) 441-2040 or via the Shelter’s Facebook Page. Appointments are required.
  • Animal Intake will continue and be provided 7 days a week. This includes owned, stray, or injured animals. Please contact the shelter prior to coming in to ensure that the Cecil County Animal Services staff can accommodate your request.
  • The Animal Welfare Enforcement Division will continue to respond to all emergencies. This includes confined stray animals, injured animals, and investigations of cruelty and neglect. Please call the office for additional information or to file a complaint.
  • The Pet Pantry Program will remain in operation. We ask you to please contact the shelter prior to coming in to confirm both food and staff availability.
  • All events for the next thirty days have been postponed or cancelled.
  • The renewal and/or dispersal of dog licenses has been temporarily suspended; no fees and/or citations will be imposed during this period.

Additionally, Cecil County Animal Services maintains rigorous standards for disease management throughout their facility. In light of COVID-19 virus, these standards are being reinforced in addition to an increase in the disinfection of doors, chairs, desks, and areas frequented by the staff and visitors. Antibacterial hand gel is available throughout the entire facility. Staff members continue to implement numerous means of safety and precaution to protect both themselves and visitors.

Cecil County Animal Services is continuing to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19. They ask that the health and safety of your pets, and family continue to be your immediate priority. Please contact the shelter if you are in need of assistance at 410-441-2040.


Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government

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