Tails

A cat that has been adopted through TAILS Animal Shelter.

Animals, owners and potential owners can celebrate as Tails animal shelter in Delta is open and available to help them with their needs.

According to its site,Tails, located at 720 W. Fourth St., brings together adoptable pets and families. Its mission is, “To address and alleviate animal welfare needs in Delta County and surrounding areas through education, sanctuary, adoption and spay/neuter practices.”

Tails has been following the restrictions in place for COVID-19, said Joe Messano, president of Tails. The shelter is only open by appointment for adoptions and most volunteers were asked to stay home during this time.

But, it is still in operation. A small group still comes in everyday to take care of the animals. They go in the morning and leave about 10 a.m. and come back around 4 p.m. to let the dogs out, make sure everything is fine and to close up for the night, Messano said.

If you would like to visit with an available pet, an appointment is required and can be done by calling 970-874-1078. One person will be let in at a time. There are also multiple play yards to visit with dogs where families can visit the pet together, he explained. Cats are seen one person at a time. Small children will be allowed to visit with their guardian with cats. As stated before, restrictions, social distancing and hand washing will be observed.

“We’re trying to operate as close to normal as we can, while still being safe,” Messano said. “We want to let people know that we are still there. … We can still help with animals and we have pet food available for those in need.”

Tails recently received a food donation from Second Chance Humane Society in Ridgway. The organization received a food grant and it has been donating food to shelters across Colorado that are in need of food, he said. Anyone in the community that is in need of cat or dog food or advice on their animals is welcome to call Tails.

Those who need to surrender their animals, Tails is accepting animals. They ask to do a discussion with the owner first and an assessment of the animal is also done. From there they can determine if that animal is one that they can adopt out. Tails is only licensed for cats and dogs, but if you are looking for help on other animals, they can assist in finding you help.

If you are looking to donate to Tails, it is in need of cleaning supplies, blankets for the animals and treats such as peanut butter. Although the organization has pet food now, it always welcomes food donations because a situation where more is needed could always arise, Messano said.

“Right now we are just trying to be vigilant,” he said. “Everybody is home right now, everybody is adopting a dog or cat. We’re not seeing a whole lot of animals being brought in — it’s very, very low. We’re trying to be vigilant because my concern is that there are still animals out there and we just aren’t seeing them because people aren’t out as much. We want to encourage everybody to utilize us if they do see an animal, or animal control within the city or the sheriff’s office if they’re out in the county. If they see an animal in need, we want to know and we’ll do our best.”

More information on Tails can be found by calling the number above or visiting its website at tailsonline.org or its Facebook page @tailsadoptions.

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