3/13: Temporary Shelter Closure

Categories: In the News

Dear Friends,

With the developing news regarding coronavirus COVID-19, I wanted to take a moment to share how Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is addressing the concern at our shelter, as well as our community programming and events.

We are taking all the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff and the community we serve by modifying our services. At this time, our Adoptions Center will be closed to the public – but if you are interested in adopting a pet you have seen on our website, we will be open by appointment only during our normal business hours. To make an appointment, please call us at 626-792-7151.

We have also temporarily suspended the following activities:

  • Community outreach programs (including our mobile outreach events). If you are a current event registrant, we will communicate with you directly regarding any changes, so please watch your email. Updates will also be shared on our social media pages and website.
  • Humane Education activities which include our Kids Club, Animal Adventure Workshops, Scout Sundays, group tours, Sunday Morning Helpers, and Barks and Books program.
  • Public spay/neuter and vaccine clinics
  • Dog training classes
  • Pet Boarding, except in case of emergency.

The following services will also be available by appointment only:

  • Reclaiming your lost pet
  • Relinquishing your pet

Please limit calls to our Field Services Department to emergencies only.

There have also been questions about whether pets can get sick from COVID-19 or if they can make us sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

While animals may not be at risk from this disease, we urge all pet owners to have plans for how to care for their animals in case of emergency. COVID-19 is no different, and serves as an excellent reminder to pull that plan together now if you don’t already have one. Click here for more information.

Right now, more than ever, we need your help. We have a tremendous need for community fosters. As the virus spreads, the number of animals in shelters and rescues will continue to increase. At the same time, we anticipate decreased interest and ability to adopt a new pet. So if you’re able to foster a dog, cat, or rabbit for the next several weeks, you could help give animals a break from the shelter and make room for more animals who are in need. For more information about fostering, email foster@pasadenahumane.org.

Thank you for your support!

With gratitude,


Dia DuVernet
President & CEO
Pasadena Humane Society