In response to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control relating to social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the lobby of the City of Hot Springs Animal Services is allowing a limited number of individuals, up to three at a time, inside the facility. Masks must be worn at all times.
Individuals interested in adopting or looking for lost pets can view the animals on the Animal Services Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HotSpringsAnimalServices/) or at www.cityhs.net/adopt. Between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, individuals can also interact with the animals from the inside and outside kennels at 319 Davidson Drive.
All other Animal Services business will be conducted normally, with precautions. For more information, call Animal Services at 501-262-2091.
Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Animals and COVID-19:
“In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.
• Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies.
• Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly.
• Take pets to the veterinarian regularly and talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.
For more information, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website (https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/) .
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. For more information visit: What to Do if You are Sick (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html).”
John Seales Animal Services Center
The John Seales Animal Services Center was named after John Seales, who started an Animal Shelter, called John’s Dog Hotel while he was stationed in Vietnam in the 1960s. He then started his career with the City of Hot Springs Animal Services in 1977. John was instrumental in getting legislation passed in Arkansas making animal fighting a felony. He also was a co-founder of the Arkansas State Animal Control Association getting certifications for the state's animal control officers. After moving to the current location of Animal Services in 1995, The shelter was named “The John Seales Animal Services Center.”