Warwick Valley Humane Society is closed due to Covid-19.

Warwick Valley Humane Society is adhering to established shelter protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic  and is closed to visitors and volunteers and suspending the intake of healthy stray cats and surrendered pets. Adoptions with completed and processed applications will be by appointment only.

Only donations of supplies listed on our Wish List can be accepted by appointment and are greatly appreciated. Monetary contributions are also needed to help us care for our homeless pets and may sent to P.O. Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990 or through the Paypal button below.

Everyone is asked to please use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting.     Thank you for cooperating during this difficult time we are all experiencing.

Dear Community, we would like to update you on our preparation for COVID-19’s effects on Warwick Valley Humane Society.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. The American Veterinary Medical Association website states: “Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

Being in the animal sheltering world, Warwick Valley Humane Society is professionally prepared to manage disease on a daily basis. We have strict sanitation protocols and are disinfecting high touch areas multiple times a day. Visitors are always encouraged to wash their hands or sanitize to prevent the spread of any illness prior to entering our facility and upon exiting.

Recommendations for Visitors, Volunteers & Staff:

  • Those who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants).
  • Regular and frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
  • Practice good coughing and sneezing etiquette. If you use a tissue, use it once, throw it in the trash and then wash your hands. Or use the inside bend of your elbow.

There is the potential decrease in staff due to risk of exposure and a probable increase in animals entering shelters, so we need our community’s help.

NEEDED SUPPLIES: When shopping for you & your family, please consider picking up extra garbage bags, bleach, hand sanitizer, or paper towels for our Shelter. We need them daily to function. You can drop them off during our operating hours between 12 noon and 4pm every day.
ADOPTIONS: Help us clear our Shelter. We have too many wonderful pets all looking for a home. Now is a great time to open your heart and home to a furry family member.
FOSTER HOMES: We are seeking foster families who are willing to house our shy and long term animals during a time when we might not be fully staffed to do so. We provide food, supplies, and medical care. You provide the comforts of a home and love. Contact warwickhumane@yahoo.com for more information.

Emergency protocol for pets:

  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill or is hospitalized or keep our contact information (845-986-2473).
  • Have crates, food, and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.
  • Keep all animal vaccines up to date just in case boarding becomes necessary.
  • Keep you veterinarian’s contact information available
  • Be sure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions
  • Keep your pets identification ie. collar with ID tag and microchip registered with up to date information

Warwick Valley Humane Society is available to help the communities we serve, so please keep our number handy (845-986-2473) and have your veterinarian’s information accessible.

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts on behalf of our community’s homeless animals.

Is your organization or group interested in hosting a fundraising event for the Warwick Valley Humane Society? Complete our form here to see how we can collaborate!

WVHS The Warwick Valley Humane Society, Inc. (WVHS) is a not for profit corporation of the State of New York. Founded in 1954, we have operated the Warwick Animal Shelter since 1968.  We are the second oldest humane society in Orange County.

The WVHS provides Animal Control Services via contracts with the Towns of Warwick and Chester. Warwick is a 104 square mile town in Southern Orange County that includes the villages of Florida, Greenwood Lake and Pine Island. The town of Chester includes the well known craft village of Sugar Loaf. We contract with the town of Tuxedo as an impound facility.

We admit approximately 500 animals including, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs etc. Our return to owner and adoption rates are 91% for dogs and 85% for cats.

OUR MISSION

Warwick Valley Humane Society provides a safe haven and protection for our community’s homeless, injured and abused animals.  We promote adoption, responsible pet ownership, spaying, neutering, and community outreach.

Our core values as a humane society are rooted in our passion for animal C.A.R.E.

Compassion and Kindness: We believe that all animals are deserving and worthy of compassion and kindness.

Advocacy and Education:  We believe that a community benefits from advocacy for animal welfare and that education is a critical component of creating a humane world.

Respect and Protect the Lives of Animals:  We believe in protecting and respecting the five freedoms of animals which are:

  1. The right to be free from hunger and thirst
  2. The right to be free from fear and distress
  3. The right to be free from physical and thermal discomfort
  4. The right to be free from pain, injury and disease
  5. The right to be free to express normal patterns of behavior

Excellence and Innovation:  We believe in striving for the highest level in animal care through innovative and creative action.