GAIN resumes operations with social distancing restrictions in place

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GAIN resumed operations yesterday, Monday May 18, with new procedures in place to ensure the health and well-being of animals and people.

Exactly two months after initially limiting on-site access, the GAIN animal shelter has resumed full operations, 7 days a week, with the following safeguards in place:

*All visitors to the shelter must maintain social distancing and wear a face mask.

*Hand sanitizing stations will be clearly marked throughout the shelter grounds.

*The shelter will be closed from 12pm-1pm, daily, for sanitizing.

*Emergency animal intakes (e.g. injured, dying, sick, abuse cases) are still accepted at any time. If possible, please contact the shelter prior to arriving so staff can properly prepare.

*Visitation and adoptions will be from 2pm-4pm, daily.

*GAIN will be in touch with foster families to schedule the return of pets to the shelter over the coming week.

*General animal intakes will be done from 9am-12pm, daily, and must be scheduled in advance. Please contact the shelter in advance to ensure kennel space is available.

*GAIN asks that any washable items donated to the shelter be thoroughly washed prior to drop off (no pillows or comforters please).

*We will not be accepting new volunteers at this time.

*Safety procedures may be adjusted in the future in accordance with public health guidance.

Because of the island-wide state of emergency over the past two months the GAIN animal shelter had to limit its operations.

Adoptions were conducted remotely and shelter in-takes were limited to emergency cases such as injured animals, abuse cases, and aggressive animals captured after biting someone.

For the past eight weeks, shelter pets have been placed in over fifty foster homes.

“We sincerely thank our volunteer foster families, who have been absolutely amazing,” said Alison Hadley, GAIN Executive Director.

“Thanks to their generosity and kindness, shelter pets have spent this time in a home environment. We’ve even completed nearly twenty adoptions remotely during this time,” she added.

“We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support during this difficult time,” said Hadley.

“We are doing everything possible to maintain safety for our visitors, staff, and shelter pets. Together, we can beat this pandemic, and continue to provide a safe space for Guam’s animals to heal and find new homes,” she added.

The GAIN animal shelter may be contacted at 653-4246, through social media (Facebook and Instagram), and at [email protected].