FROM THE ARLGP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
While the environment around us is uncertain, we feel it is in the best interest of our community to close to the public until further notice. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers are still here caring for our animals daily. We are practicing social distancing, limiting community contact in our facility, while still providing the highest level of care to the animals dependent on us.
While the COVID-19 impact in Maine is rapidly changing, we want to share with you some changes that we are putting into place so that we can continue to serve the pets and people of our community while keeping our staff and volunteers protected.
We recognize the vital role that the ARLGP plays as a safety net for animals, especially in times of crisis. We are committed to being a resource for our community during the outbreak with services and support.
Here is how we can support each other:
YOU CAN STILL ADOPT & WE HOPE YOU WILL
If you are interested in adopting an animal, we are able to do adoptions by appointment.
Animals in need of surrender will continue to be accepted. If the need to surrender your pet is not urgent, we ask that you wait to bring in your animal. This will allow us to ensure room for emergency cases. Rest assured we are here to help if needed. Please call us to set up an admissions appointment at (207) 854-9771.
PET FOOD PANTRY
If you are in need of pet food to provide meals to your animals during this time, we invite you to visit the ARLGP ADMISSIONS ENTRANCE on Tuesdays from 1-3pm or Sundays from 1-4pm to access our Pet Food Pantry.
DONATIONS OF PET FOOD ARE NEEDED
Donations of pet food are greatly needed, as we support both animals in the shelter and families in need of assistance through our Pet Food Pantry.
- Items can be purchased on our Amazon Wish List and be delivered to our facility
- Items can be purchased online with our local, small business partner The Fish & Bone and delivered to our facility
- If you have purchased items to drop-off, there is a donation bin located at our front door
- Donations of funds can be made on our website at arlgp.org/support
PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT LINEN DONATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Our public spay/neuter clinic is currently suspended, and we are not taking new appointments at this time. Everyone who currently has an appointment will be contacted and we will reschedule them as soon as possible.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
- ARLGP humane education events are postponed through April 30th. If you have registered for a class, birthday or event, an educator will be in touch to re-schedule
- ARLGP events scheduled in April (Supper Club, Loose Change Challenge) will be postponed. Rescheduling of these events will be announced in the future.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & PROTECTIVE MEASURES
- Our shelter is determining plans for emergency temporary housing for pets whose owners are ill or hospitalized. Please call us directly at (207) 854-9771 to discuss your situation should you need help.
- We encourage every pet owner to develop a preparedness plan should you become ill or hospitalized.
- Support your neighbors. We are encouraging community members to check in with friends, neighbors and relatives that may be living alone with pets or be more vulnerable to this virus to make sure they are ok. If you have room in your home, consider offering emergency housing to those that may need to separate from their pet due to hospitalization.
- The ARLGP will make disaster preparedness supplies available to the public on an as-needed basis in the event of emergency. Supplies include crates, carriers, water bowls, litter and pet food. Please call us at (207) 854-9771 if you are in need.
- Casual visits to our facility are restricted. For our animal loving friends who simply enjoy visiting, we ask you to refrain from casual visits at this time.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we strive to continue our work on behalf of animals and the people who love them. We are thinking about all of you – our staff, volunteers, supporters, and community partners – and doing everything we can to be here for those who need us the most. The effects of this crisis will be far-reaching. By following the latest CDC guidelines and being compassionate and kind to one another, we will get through this.
ARLGP Executive Director