As of March 25, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ellis County SPCA has had to close its building to the public except by appointment.
Still, SPCA director Joan McGrath said the nonprofit has been “quite busy” with people coming in for appointments and for the ongoing animal care. Workers have been there every day, she said, taking care of animals and working with families and rescue groups to locate lost pets and keep the population down.
“If someone is missing a pet and needs to look through the kennels, we definitely allow them in to look and, if someone needs to pick up their pet, we set up a time for them to do so,” McGrath said.
The SPCA’s foster program has been pivotal in keeping the population low.
“Fostering is extremely important right now as we still have pets coming in via animal control,” she said. “We need to keep moving others forward so we have enough space.”
So far, more than 25 pets have been placed through the SPCA’s foster care system and McGrath extends her appreciation for the support.
“The community has been fabulous,” she said. “We started out asking for the fosters to keep them for a couple of weeks but now we are looking at a month or more before things return to normal.”
The SPCA still has some dogs in need of fostering and, if someone needs to bring a foster dog back, “we will never turn them away,” McGrath said. “Any amount of time out of the shelter is good for the dogs.”
With a need for more foster homes, people are encouraged to apply and visit with the SPCA about whether a pet can fit in with their household.
“There is a foster application but we are not looking to turn people away,” McGrath said. “It’s more for trying to make the correct match between dog and household.”
Anyone who is interested in fostering can contact the SPCA via email at email@example.com or by phone at 972-935-0756.
As always, supplies are welcomed by the SPCA, which serves rural Ellis County and several municipalities.
“We have been blessed with the donation of quite a few supplies, dog and cat food especially,” McGrath said. “We still need laundry detergent, bleach, non-clumping clay, cat litter and paper towels. For the humans working here we could use bottled water and toilet paper.”
The SPCA serves to connect lost pets back with their homes. Photos of lost pets can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to be posted on the SPCA’s website, elliscountyspca.org. The SPCA also recommends people utilize The Way Home for Lost and Found Animals – Ellis County Facebook page.
McGrath said the SPCA is “grateful for any donation, cash or supply, and is thankful for the public’s understanding of the changes during these hard times.”