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COVID-19 Concerns Force Mother Lode Animal Shelter Close To Public

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Angels Camp, CA – The governor’s “stay at home” order has shut the doors to the Calaveras Humane Society.

While just on Friday, seven puppies were the last pooches to be taken in by the shelter, all have been placed in foster homes and one even found a forever home that day.

Shelter officials put out this statement:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Due to California’s current shelter in place directive related to the COVID-19 situation, we are currently CLOSED to the public.

The majority of our animals have been placed into volunteer foster homes, and we appreciate everyone who stepped up to help with this!

We will continue operation of our Pet Food Bank for existing clients only. If you are already enrolled in our Pet Food Bank program and need to make your monthly food pickup, please call us (209-736-9417) or email us a few days in advance so that we can make arrangements for you to do a “curbside pickup.” Sorry, we are unable to enroll new clients in the Pet Food Bank at this time.

We will remain closed until we receive information from local or state government that the shelter in place directive has been lifted.

Thank you, one and all, for your continued support of our organization. We look forward to a future return to regular business hours and days, and to welcoming those folks who enjoy stopping by and just want to “browse.” We will miss you!

In the meantime, we appreciate your donations now more than ever. Whether it’s a bag of food for our Pet Food Bank, a crocheted blanket for our kitties, or a financial contribution, please know that we are grateful for it all.

The organizations Arnold thrift store has also closed until further notice. The Tuolumne County Humane Society remains open, according to its website.

Also, Calaveras County Animal Services released this update regarding its operations:

Calaveras County Animal Services doors will remain closed; however, we will still be providing limited services to the public needing assistance via phone or in-person appointments. Our services will be limited to the following:

1. Emergency services pertaining to: negligence, animal emergency medical services such as injured strays, dangerous or vicious animals, potential rabid animals, animal bites, and quarantines.
2. Assistance of stray animals: all strays must be reported via phone to our shelter and will be taken in case by case. We will not allow drop-offs of stray animals without prior arrangement. We will not be taking in any trapped healthy stray cats or return to field cats at this time.
3. Returning of owned animals or quarantines: must be done by appointment only.
4. Dog Licensing: will be done by mail-in only. Please call our office if you need a license and we can assist you with the mail-in procedure. You may also make email inquiries to
5. Adoptions: walk-ins to observe animals will be limited to one person at a time. We will be posting available animals via Facebook, and on If you are interested in an available pet for adoption, please call our office.
7. Surrender of owned animal will not be done until further notice.

These measures are necessary to ensure that Calaveras County Animal Services is taking all the precautions possible to reduce foot-traffic and to encourage everyone to limit their exposure to potential COVID-19 virus.
Calaveras County Animal Services can be contacted via phone: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 3:30pm at 209.754.6509.