BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Humane Society (IHS) is hoping pet owners take time to make sure they do not add strain to workers who are already stretched thin. The shelter is working with a reduced staff and says veterinary supplies need to be conserved for emergencies.
In a Facebook post, IHS said the veterinary medical center is seeing preventable injuries and other traumas, ranging from puppies that need surgery after being hit by a car to a dog that needed treatment after accidentally setting himself on fire.
Just like this is a terrible time to go to a human hospital with any injuries or illness, many animal shelters across the country are seeing similar bad situations for animals that cannot access care.
"Its not the time to be going to the vet and trying to get routine vaccinations or routine dental cleaning, and even some of the things like a minor ear infection or minor skin condition," said Dr. Jeff Rosenthal, CEO, Idaho Humane Society. "They may also have to wait a little longer to receive care than they otherwise would."
IHS has launched a stray pets online portal that shows animals brought in by the public and shelter officers. The shelter is remind people this is not a good time to head to the vet for anything that can wait.
If your animals needs something like a routine nail trim, you are encouraged to check YouTube for plenty of how-to videos.