MAPS Essential Community Resource During COVID-19

Wisconsin animal shelters like MAPS have been determined as "Essential" in the Safer at Home order that began March 25, 2020. MAPS will continue to offer adjusted services and be present as a resource for our community. Through these uncertain times, we will be here to help our community's people and animals.

As always, we continue to be a lifesaving shelter. All healthy or treatable animals, even now, can stay with us as long as they need to find a home! For more information, continue reading below.

CHANGES MADE TO OUR DAILY OPERATIONS: 

• MAPS Adoption Center inside Marshfield Mall is CLOSED effective Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. All cats have been moved back to our intake facility on 29th St.

• MAPS Intake Facility is CLOSED, except by appointment effective Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.

• On March 23, we made the heartbreaking decision to temporarily dismiss our 60 incredible and dedicated volunteers who help us care for our animals every day. Our three paid staff members have rearranged their work schedules to ensure we have daily care for our animals every day of the week.

• We continue to encourage adoption because our pets need homes. With 'kitten season' right around the corner and the possible influx of animals coming into our shelter, we need to make sure we are controlling the number of animals at our facility. If interested in adopting, please complete our online application on this website and once approved, we will schedule an appt to visit your desired pet.

• If you need to contact us by phone, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We are often away from the phone to perform animal care duties, so please be patient with us. Our shelter number is 715-486-5140.

GUIDELINES for APPOINTMENTS:

Visits to meet our available pets will be scheduled once we receive a completed and approved adoption application. Visitors coming to our facility are asked to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands frequently. We also prefer everyone wears a mask.

In addition, we ask you NOT visit the facility if you:

• Had direct contact with anyone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 or visited a high risk area within the past 14 days.
• Have a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, including older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions.
• Feel sick, especially if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing or any flu-like symptoms within the past 14 days.

PET FOOD AVAILABLE AT MAPS:

• If you are not able to buy cat or dog food at this time, please visit the MAPS free pet food pantry. We are located at 210 W. 29th St. in the old airport building.
• The pantry table is located at the front of the building through the first set of double doors under the large awning. You are welcome to pick up food at any time.
• Please take only what you need. We will restock the table as often as we can, but we want to make sure other families that need food for their pets can get it.
• We currently do not have food for rabbits, snakes, birds, etc. Only cat and dog food.
• Staff are respecting quarantine measures at this time. For their safety and yours, please do not ask to enter the building.
• At this time, we are not able to tailor food packs. What is on the table is all we have available for that given day, but we will do our best to put out a variety of foods. It is possible that some foods are slightly out of date.

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CARING FOR OWNED PETS DURING COVID-19:

• Please make sure pets are wearing a collar with an accurate ID tag and ensure their microchip registration is up to date, including your emergency contact(s)
• Have extra food, litter, medication and other supplies on hand, as well as a crate or carrier should moving your pet become necessary
• Document your animal’s medications, veterinarian and other relevant information should anyone else need to take over their care
• Identify a trusted family member, friend, neighbor or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you become ill or are hospitalized

By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time for the unlikely event it becomes necessary to put into motion, community members can do their part to ensure MAPS and other area animal service resources do not become overwhelmed and spare your pet from unnecessary stress.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Thank you for supporting us as we make many operational changes to keep providing high-quality care for our animals while protecting our staff and community's health. Please take comfort knowing our animals are still receiving the love and care they deserve from our dedicated staff.

CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY:

We have partnered with the United Way of Marshfield to provide pet food for people who need it. Instruction slips have been placed in emergency food boxes to let our community know we are here for them in their time of need.

We will do what we can to get through this TOGETHER. ♥

Food Box Slip