Augusta Pet Shelter reopens after extended pandemic-related closure

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — More than two years after its indoor facilities closed to the public following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Augusta Animal Services shelter has reopened.

On March 18, 2020, the shelter closed to the community “out of an abundance of caution due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic,” the city said in a news release Tuesday.

Although closed to the public, the shelter maintained staffing levels for internal operations to provide adequate animal care, continued pet adoptions by appointment only, and continued to receive abandonments and strays. , the city said.

“Pet adoptions, claims and releases will continue to be handled by our excellent staff. However, these services will once again be managed in our lobby rather than outside, which will be much more convenient for the public. Animal Services will always take the necessary precautions in the facility to mitigate the potential risk of spreading COVID-19,” said James Hill, Director of Augusta Animal Services.

The shelter, 4164 Mack Lane, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. It’s closed on Sundays.

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