Keeping animals safe in our community is a big job - and it requires a big team! The following agencies provide support for animal welfare concerns in our community. Please review the list below to help direct you to the appropriate agency.
COVID-19 and Pets
Our team is monitoring daily updates from health professionals to best understand how pets may be impacted by COVID-19.
People-to-Pet Transmission - Updated 4/7
We’ve been keeping a close eye on the rapidly changing developments, and we continue to follow the experts’ recommendations and guidelines when caring for shelter animals.
Because it seems likely that humans infected with COVID-19 can potentially transmit the virus to their pets, the CDC and others have issued a recommendation that if you become ill, you should limit close contact with your pets.
Check out this helpful guide for more information and review the updates below.
Get the facts
Links to current recommendations about pets and COVID-19:
Social distancing with your animals is as important as with people. That goes for distancing from humans and other animals. If someone in your home becomes will with the virus, separate your animals from the person who is ill.
If you have questions or think your pet might be ill, contact your veterinarian by mail or phone. It’s important that you not show up without a conversation and a plan.
Your Pet Plan - Updated 4/7
Your Pet Plan
The most important thing you can do at this time is to make a plan. Your pet plan should include information to help someone care for your pet, as well as a kit with the essentials your pet will need.
In the event you are hospitalized or need to be separated from your pet, have two people identified that can watch your pet temporarily.
Prepare a pet supply kit
- Name/contact information for the person who will care for your pets
- Name/contact information of the backup person
- Food, treats, leash, toys and other supplies for at least two weeks
- A crate or carrier to transport your pet
- Health records
- Collar with ID tags – make sure your microchip information is up to date.
- Medications and prescriptions with instructions.
- Daily care instructions
- Veterinarian’s contact information
Animal Safety Resources
Animal Control - Reporting Cruelty and Neglect
Reports for animal welfare concerns including: negligence, abuse, noise violations and "loose" animals should be reported by contacting one of the following (please contact the agency responsible for appropriate jurisdiction)
City of Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County:
Clark County Animal Protection & Control - Provides animal control services for the unincorporated areas of Clark County as well as the City of Vancouver.
Concerns/Reports - 564.397.2488
Licensing - 564.394.2489
Animal complaints and concerns for other Clark County cities:
Camas/Washougal Animal Control - 360.835.9701
Battle Ground Animal Control - 360.342.5100
Yacolt Town Hall - 360.686.3922
Ridgefield Police Department - 360.687.3556
La Center Police Department - 360.263.2745
Emergency Veterinarian Services
If your pet is experiencing an urgent or emergency medical issue, please contact your family vet or visit your nearest emergency veterinary center. Below is a list of local animal hospitals offering emergency care services.
Columbia River Veterinary Specialists
6607 NE 84th St #109
Vancouver, WA 98665
Dove Lewis ER & ICU Animal Hospital
1945 NW Pettygrove St
Portland, OR 97209
St. Francis 24 hr Animal Hospital
12010 NE 65th St
Vancouver, WA 98682
VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital
13830 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97233
If you have captured wild animal do not bring the animal to HSSW. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife handles all questions and concerns pertaining to non-domesticated wild animals. The Department also maintains a list of licensed trappers in Clark County for nuisance wildlife.
Animal Help Now is another resource which directs users to the closest and most appropriate resource to respond to wild animal concerns.
For urgent or emergency reports of wild animals, contact your local animal control officers.
HSSW is unable to provide live traps. For pricing and rental of live traps, please contact:
The ASPCA Poison Control website - or 888.426.4435 - is a resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Contact them if you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance.
Programs of the Executive Horse Council - or 503.780.4402 - include Ripley’s Horse Aid and Adopt-a-Horse program. The voucher program provides temporary financial assistance to horse owners. Visit their website or contact them for a list of included services.
Lost and found horses, call Brand Inspector and Animal Protection and Control: Ron Balkowitsch - 360.600.3166 or [email protected]
Clark County Beekeepers Association provides information and education primarily to hobby beekeepers and to the general public. It serves as a resource for those interested in developing and maintaining honey bee colonies and responds to reports of honey bee swarms and requests for swarm removal.
General Info - [email protected]
Swarm report/removal - 360.518.0787 or 360.573.8330 or 360.573.0985
The Clark County Health Department - or 360.397.8182 - assesses risk of rabies exposure. While all animal-to-human bites need to be reported directly to the jurisdictional animal control agency, contact the Health Department for animal testing and treatment recommendations from contact with bats or other possible carriers.
The road department is responsible for removal of deceased animals other than cats or dogs in Clark County. Animal Control will pick up deceased cats and dogs in Clark County and all other deceased animals within the city of Vancouver.
Dogs and cats (or all animals in Vancouver)
Clark County Animal Protection & Control - 360.397.2488
Reports other than dogs/cats
Clark County Department of Public Works - 360.397.2446
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