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AVON LAKE, Ohio (WJW) — People are enjoying more quality time with their pets under the stay-at-home order. But some essential workers may still need someone to look after their companions while they’re on the job.
“We have a lot of people working and a lot of people who need a place to care for their pets and when we closed it really put them in a bind,” said Dr Frank Krupka. from the Avon Lake Animal Clinic. .
Starting Monday morning at 7 a.m., “Paws By The Lake” will reopen with this community in mind.
“If you’re an essential worker and you need boarding school or daycare, we’re going to provide it for free until May 20,” Krupka said.
With the capacity to house 240 pets, the building is also part of their rehabilitation program, which Krupka says is hard for homeowners to do.
“Our rehab department has really been slowed down by this, we’ve had a lot of patients in rehab, whether it’s for chronic osteoarthritis cases or post-op rehab,” he explained.
To protect customers and workers from the virus, there will only be curbside drop-off and pick-up of pets.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is currently no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 or that they can be a source of infection in the United States.
The CDC has heard of “a very small number” of transmissions from humans to pets in other countries.
“In the building here, we’ll be wearing gloves to prevent contamination from pets, but there’s a lot of handwashing stations, a lot of sanitizing going on here, a lot of hard surface wiping,” said Krupka said.
He says staff will also wear masks and be screened regularly.
Just like us, pets have a lot of pent up energy and need socialization. He says the reopening of the daycare will give them the opportunity to stretch their legs and interact with others.
“We have a large space for pets to play inside and outside, we have four individual daycare yards, different energy levels in each. It’s hard to see these quiet rooms without that energy in there, so we can’t wait to get those pets back,” he said.
You can call 440-933-5297 to schedule boarding or daycare for your pets.
The Ohio Dispute Resolution Commission ruled the dog groomers non-essential, so part of the health clinic’s campus will not be reopened under the stay-at-home order.
We are told that staff members are ready to return to work as soon as they are cleared.
For more information visit: www.pawsbythelakeresort.com
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