COVID-19 Updates & Responses


The news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been fast and ever-changing over the past few months. It seems every day brings more uncertainty, but we see that, as a community, we are coming together in ways like never before. Below you can find the most recent updates about SafeHaven’s operations, resources to help our community, and ways you can continue to be there for our homeless animals.

Updated July 1, 2020

FACEMASK REQUIREMENTS

MASKS REQUIRED INDOORS STARTING JULY 1
Starting Wednesday, July 1 everyone entering SafeHaven Humane Society and/or both SafeHaven Gift & Thrift stores will be required to wear a mask or face covering. 

  • In order to follow the guidelines set forward by the Oregon Health Authority and to keep our staff and volunteers safe and healthy, we ask that you wear your mask when entering our facility.

ADOPTIONS & INTAKES:

The shelter is open once again as of June 9th. We will no longer be requiring appointments to meet with our adoptable pets. If you are looking to add a new furry family member into your life or just looking to shop our retail selection, you can stop by any time Tuesday – Friday from noon to 6 PM or Saturday – Monday from noon to 5 PM.

Moving forward, your safety is our number one priority and so, while we are open during normal business hours for viewing animals, we will be limiting the number of people in the shelter at any one time – please be aware that you may be asked to wait to enter the building until some of our other guests have left. We also encourage social distancing while in the shelter and have installed plexiglass protective germ shields at our adoption desks and our employees will wear appropriate personal protective equipment. We encourage our guests to wear masks while in the building as well. As always, hand sanitizer is readily available for you to use throughout the shelter and our staff and volunteers are working tirelessly to sanitize common contact areas.

VOLUNTEERS:

We are welcoming volunteers back to the shelter on Tuesday, June 9th. As per COVID-19 protocols, we have to limit the number of people in the building at one time and ensure physical distancing at all times. To uphold these guidelines, volunteer shifts will be limited and must be scheduled in advance. Please email Gage at volunteer@safehavenhumane.com to learn how to schedule your next shift!

Interested in opening your home to a shelter animal in need? Consider fostering one of our dogs or cats! Learn more here.

GIFT AND THRIFT STORES:

SafeHaven Gift & Thrift stores in Tangent and Lebanon are currently open Monday-Saturday 10am -5pm for shoppers beginning May 19th.

Donations will be accepted Tuesday-Saturday 10am-12pm or until we have reached capacity. Please call ahead to make sure there is space for your donation.

Throughout this pandemic, the priority has always been our customers, staff, and volunteers. We care about YOU! As such, we have implemented new protocol as a result of COVID-19.

The number of customers inside the store(s) at one time will be limited. Please be aware that you may be asked to remain outside for a few moments while we wait for the store to clear. Fitting rooms will remain closed at this time.  Staff and volunteers will be wearing face coverings/masks.

While shopping at the Gift & Thrift(s) please follow social distancing protocol established by the CDC and health experts. You are encouraged to wear a face covering or mask. There will be hand sanitizer available throughout the store and at the register. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) we ask you to stay home.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work through this situation. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you!

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

Many people have reached out to us asking how they can help SafeHaven during this difficult time. This selfless question exemplifies the kindness and compassion in our community.

Your support is more important than ever. This global pandemic is having an impact on our events and programs, volunteers, and has left many of our staff without jobs. Our ability to provide care to those most vulnerable, regardless of the environment around us, is dependent on your support. Here are the best ways you can help the animals at SafeHaven Humane Society right now: