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Southern Oregon Humane Society halts adoptions for now

Adoptions at the Southern Oregon Humane Society are on hold until further notice due to state mandates intended to slow the coronavirus spread.

On Monday, the Medford pet adoption nonprofit said adoptions would be available by appointment only on Mondays and Tuesdays. But the organization decided to temporarily suspend adoptions Wednesday because “risk to staff, volunteers and our community is believed to be too great to continue showing adoptable dogs and cats while practicing social distancing protocols,” a news release said.

“Based on feedback I got from my management team, we decided to halt them,” SOHS Director Karen Evans said. “Right now we are not allowing anybody to come to the adoption center except our staff and a few volunteers. We are observing very strict protocols as far as social distancing.”

Care for animals at the facility will continue.

Adoptions by appointment were still available at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, between Talent and Phoenix. Adopters are asked to first visit the shelter’s website, https://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/Animal-Services/Welcome, and look at the listed animals there. If there is one they would like to see, they can call and make an appointment.

“We’ve just slowed them down so we don’t have as many people here at one time,” shelter Manager Barbara Talbert said.

The shelter canceled a low-cost vaccination clinic last weekend because it was expected to draw a large number of people.

The facilities aren’t the only animal welfare organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Wildlife Images, a wildlife rehabilitation center and sanctuary southwest of Merlin in Josephine County, recently announced it would close to the public until further notice.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.