By Marci Creps
The City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control is offering pet adoptions online due to concerns over COVID-19.
It began limiting access to the building on Friday. On Saturday, Animal Care and Control announced it created an online adoption form on its website. Potential adopters are asked to visit the website to view adoptable animals and fill out applications if interested in a particular pet.
Anyone wanting to relinquish a pet or turn in a stray animal, is asked to use a sign-up form on the website prior to visiting the shelter. The form will allow the public to choose a time to bring in the pet or found animal.
Anyone who is missing a pet can call the shelter at 812-349-3492 (option 3) for assistance.
At this time, the shelter will not be accepting donations of blankets, bedding or towels. It will continue to accept canned dog and cat food, unopened dog and cat treats, peanut butter, new dog and cat toys, and hard dog chews. A donation bin has been placed at the shelter’s front door for those items.
It is good to note that animals are not known to transmit the coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, there was one case of a dog being infected in Hong Kong. However, there has been no evidence that any pet can transmit the disease. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.
For more information or to view adoptable animals, visit https://bloomington.in.gov/animal-shelter.