March 16, 2020
ST. CROIX ANIMAL WELFARE CENTER TAKES PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES IN FACE OF COVID-19 THREAT.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is a global tragedy that is affecting us all. The St. Croix Animal Welfare Center’s Staff and Supporters wish all of you health and safety during this time.
Unfortunately, the pandemic significantly affects our ability to save lives. There are simply not enough homes on our island to accommodate the hundreds of animals that will arrive in our shelter, unwanted or abandoned, during the coming weeks. With many of our stateside partners unable to assist us via pet transport efforts, we have no choice but to limit our intake as much as possible, encourage people to continue to care for their pets and be responsible in our decisions and expectations.
There is currently (3/14/2020) only one confirmed case of COVID-19 on our island, but we know that it is inevitable that more cases will happen. We anticipate a reduction in staff as a result, as our own team members work to care for their children out of school, deal with the effects of many closed businesses and other related complications. Fewer staff means reduced ability to care for animals.
We will continue to serve our community via our Veterinary Clinic but will institute some new procedures for the protection of both the staff and the public. We ask for your cooperation, your support, and your understanding. Thank you.
Below is our press release of March 16, 2020. We will post more bulletins as we continue to operate in the most responsible and compassionate way possible.