Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Local animal shelters adjust to coronavirus

The Heritage Humane Society and the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter are offering animal adoptions by appointment only. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
The Heritage Humane Society and the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter are offering animal adoptions by appointment only. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

If you’re looking to adopt a pet from a shelter, you have to make an appointment first.

The Heritage Humane Society and the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter are now only offering pet adoptions by appointment only.

“Thank you all for being patient as we attempt to accommodate continued adoptions during this time,” according to the PRAS’ Facebook post. “PRAS is going to adoptions by appointment only in the effort to keep everyone as safe as possible.”

The Heritage Humane Society serves Williamsburg and James City County. The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is based in Newport News and also serves Hampton, Poquoson, and York County.

Each adoption appointment at the PRAS is scheduled for 45-minute intervals. See PRAS’ available animals here.

To set up a “Meet & Greet” appointment with the shelter, fill out the adoption survey for a dog, a cat or a “pocket pet” and email the survey to PRAS-reunite@nnva.gov.

Jennifer Lafountain, spokeswoman for the Heritage Humane Society, wrote in an email that people interested in setting up an appointment can contact the HHS’ adoption team via email at info@heritagehumanesociety.org or by calling 757-221-0150. See HHS’ available animals here.

The HHS is open for stray pet intakes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, best to call ahead so staff can prepare, and owner surrenders are by appointment only.

You can also donate supplies to the Heritage Humane Society on the shelter’s Amazon Wish List or make a monetary donation here.

The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter will also remain open for owner reclaims and pet intakes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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