According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the use of face coverings by everyone can help combat the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and sneezing. Public health mandates from the CDHP, Ventura County, and the city of Ojai require that individuals must wear face coverings when they are in high-risk situations. This includes when obtaining services from a veterinary clinic and when interacting in person with any member of the public.
In response to these mandates, the HSVC is strictly following public safety procedures. Individuals coming to the shelter for any reason, including staff, are REQUIRED to wear a mask and practice social distancing per the CDHP, the County of Ventura, and the city of Ojai. Those that fail to comply with public safety protocols will be turned away.
Please note that the HSVC is still closed to the public, including walkthroughs to visit the animals and access to all buildings. Vaccinations, spay/neuter services, and adoptions are being performed by appointment only. All events and volunteer opportunities have been put on hold until further notice. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for animal-related services, please call the shelter at 805-646-6505.
Anyone leaving his or her home for any reason is still at risk of contracting COVID-19. Wearing a mask in high-risk areas, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands frequently can reduce this risk for everyone. If we all do our part, we can slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information on this topic, please visit the CDPH or CDC website.