Coronavirus  COVID-19 response and information


 Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services (FLAS) is focused on protecting the health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff, volunteers, and the community we serve. We will update this page with any new developments; we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation together with the communities we serve. 

3/27/20: Who will care for your pet?

While it’s not fun to imagine, now is an important time to create a plan for your pet in case you get sick. This weekend, we strongly encourage you gather any members of your household and walk through the following steps to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency.

  1. Know the facts: According to the CDC, there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.
  2. If you do become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? Is there anyone else in your home who could help? Maybe a neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in? Even a groomer, daycare, or boarding facility may be able to help in your time of need with advance notice. But the most important thing you can do today is come up with two potential pet plans and talk directly with those people so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action.
  3. Prepare a pet supply kit. It may not seem necessary today, but we promise it will be hugely helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down the proper supplies. Your kit should include the following, as best as you’re able:
  • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
  • Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
  • Food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
  • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Vaccination records
  • Collars with ID tags (and don’t forget to make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date)
  • Medications and prescriptions, along with a list of instructions
  • Daily care instructions
  • Contact information for your veterinary clinic

With your whole family on board and a plan in place, you’ll feel a bit better about your pet’s safety knowing they’re in good hands no matter what challenges may arise. �����

 Adoptions, Strays, and Surrenders


  • Open for adoptions by appointment only. If you see an animal on our FLAS adoptable animals who you are interested in adopting, call 256-760-6676 to set up a time to meet them.
  • In response to these unprecedented times, the National Animal Care & Control Association has advised that “healthy stray and community cats should stay in the community and should not be taken into the shelter for the time being.”


Monetary: The critical work of FLAS is continuing in order to ensure the care and health of our animals still in residence. If you are seeking a way to help animals and our community in the midst of uncertainty, we would be grateful for your financial support. Click here to help our animals today.

 In-kind donations: Yes! We can take in-kind donations, please leave them at the door due to our COVID-19 response precautions. Our highest needs right now are canned cat food, dry cat food, cat toys, dog toys, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and gently used crates. A donation slip will be provided near the entrance, but feel free to email if slips are unavailable when you stop by. Your support is greatly appreciated during this challenging time. 

Coronavirus response and information

We hope you and those you love are staying healthy and managing the uncertainty we’re all sharing as we work through challenges we’ve never seen before.  Many of you are asking how we’re doing at FLAS. The answer is: we’re able to keep up our most critical work serving animals and people, and are embracing social distancing - and practicing even more stringent cleaning and disinfecting processes - to keep ourselves and our community as healthy as we can. 

If you intend to visit FLAS, we are asking you to do three things:

  • Stay home if you are sick, coughing, sneezing, or feverish. We want to keep our staff, volunteers, and clients as safe as possible. Please don't be offended if we ask you to leave if you come to WHS sick.
  • If you have an appointment to come in and adopt, great! We have a lot of awesome pets looking for new homes, and staff excited to work with you. If you just want to look around or stop to say hi, please come back at another time.
  • We are choosing social distancing whenever possible as we respond to this situation, so when you stop in, please use the hand sanitizer, respect personal space, and don’t be surprised if we offer an elbow bump or air high-five in lieu of shaking your hand! 

We appreciate your support! And if you are interested in becoming a foster parent, we need you more than ever. Call us to learn how to sign on and save lives! 

Is it safe to visit WHS?

Our work is critically important to animals and the people who love them.  As of now, we absolutely believe that we can continue our work safely and we are taking special precautions, which include increased cleaning and disinfecting of all spaces, encouraging staff to work from home when possible, not permitting any sick staff or volunteers to come to WHS, restricting staff travel, following CDC workplace guidelines, and adhering to our already stringent disease transmission prevention protocols. We want to take every reasonable precaution we can to protect the health of our staff, volunteers, and community – and balance that with continuing our lifesaving work for animals.

We are choosing social distancing whenever possible as we respond to this situation, so when you stop in, please use the hand sanitizer, respect personal space, and don’t be surprised if we offer an elbow bump or air high-five in lieu of shaking your hand!

Other Resources

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
Animal Services' Role in COVID-19 Support

COVID19 FAQ for pet owners, AVMA:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, If You Have Animals

World Health Organization