FFGW & COVID-19 Statement UPDATED 6/1
Following is our latest update on the coronavirus (COVID–19). As we have the last few months, we continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the well-being of our volunteers, prospective adopters, and the cats in our care. We know this is an evolving situation and want to share with you the various precautionary measures we are taking to continue to focus on keeping everyone safe and healthy.
Although Northern Virginia is beginning its phased reopening, erring on the side of caution we have not resumed our weekly adoption events at PetSmart. We are continuing our current procedures of virtual visits with our cats at our fosters’ homes, and contactless adoptions.
We can’t thank our new and old fosters and volunteers enough for keeping adoptions going at an incredible level during this difficult time.
We are continuing to accept and process adoption applications and are doing adoptions by video meet and greet and hands off transfers. Once operations resume at the stores, we will encourage volunteers to participate only at their comfort level, and of course, to remain home if there is any indication that they are sick. We have provided to our volunteers resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Fairfax County Health Department so that they have the latest information.
Although there are reports that a few cats have contracted SARS-CoV-2, there is currently no evidence that cats can spread COVID-19. For more information, please see the Cornell University Coronavirus update: https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/coronavirus-update
As always, any time a cat exhibits symptoms of illness, we work with our partner vets to address the issue. Protecting the health of our volunteers, adopters and cats is our foremost priority. Thank you for your support as we continue our mission to rescue cats and kittens!
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Cats in our program reside at private homes of foster care givers and remain within our organization until a permanent home is found. We do not euthanize healthy cats.
Formed in 1995, the mission of the Feline Foundation of Greater Washington is to provide necessary veterinary and loving foster care for every animal in our program, to find them permanent, adoptive homes where they will be treated with love and respect for the rest of their lives, to provide foster care for life if no adoptive home can be found, and to educate the public regarding responsible cat care. We are a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 54-1749459).