Foster families step up after COVID-19 exposure pauses animal shelter operations

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By , KYW Newsradio

A staff exposure to COVID-19 forced a Media animal rescue to close nearly two weeks ago, but foster families came to their rescue.

It’s the second time Providence Animal Center had to close because of COVID-19 exposures. The last time was on Jan. 3, and it closed for three weeks.

“We didn’t have enough people to maintain the (adoptions) operations,” said shelter spokesperson Justina Calgiano. So, a network of fosters stepped up to house dozens of animals until the center can reopen again.

“We were very fortunate to get them out very quickly,” she said. “The dogs and cats that are in foster care will be moving back into the center for the most part and then go up for adoption. Some of the ones that may be a little scared, a little shy, they’ll probably remain in foster homes and be available for adoption through foster care.”

Providence Animal Center plans to reopen for appointment-only adoptions starting Tuesday, March 2.

“We are ready to have adopters sign up for appointments and come meet our cats and dogs,” Calgiano said.

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