From Hockey & Hounds, info on status of Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center and Columbus Humane in Ohio.
Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center will require any individual interested in adopting or fostering a dog to schedule an appointment on-line. This decision was made in consultation with Franklin County Public Health.
Scheduling will be the following:
 Monday through Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with 30-minute increments.
 Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with 30-minute increments.
Six appointments will be available per hour and the shelter asks that each appointment be limited to two individuals. You are required to sign-up even if you are just interested in looking at the dogs available for adoption. Below is the link to sign-up:
 For individuals who do not have access to the Internet, appointments can be scheduled over the phone at 614-525-3647.
If you are interested in purchasing a dog license or redeeming a lost dog, you do not need to make an appointment.
 The shelter’s extended sleepover is still in effect and new dogs will be available for foster every day. The public can view dogs at Questions about dogs can be answered at 614-525-3647 or 614-525-5409.
We’ve significantly reduced the shelter population through adoption and foster this week (45 animals have already left the building since Monday and many more are scheduled for pick-up today and tomorrow.) Our community has been hugely helpful. As of right now, we’re open for adoptions by appointment only from 9:00 AM -6:00 PM and adopters need to call 614/777-7387 to make an appointment.
For those animals that need to stay here at the shelter because of health or behavior or cruelty case status, we have dedicated staff providing care. We even have a team of staff willing to be locked in and spending overnights if travel between the shelter and homes is prohibited by further State restrictions. We’re hoping that it doesn’t come to that, but we will ensure that the animals here at the shelter get the care that they need.
CID is operating on a limited basis in order to reduce opportunity to transmit disease. We’re responding to urgent complaints and impounding animals when necessary. Our animal support center is only accepting animals on an urgent basis and by appointment only.
We anticipate an increased demand for services in the future due to economic impacts of Corona Virus in the coming months including increased surrenders, increased requests for food/supplies and veterinary care. Community members wishing to help can do the following:
Donate pet food and supplies to help people in the community feed and care for their pets
Make a monetary contribution on our website at
Create a pet care plan for your own animals in the event that you are hospitalized and encourage friends, neighbors and loved ones to do the same
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