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COVID-19 Animals Fiji Update

Animals Fiji, like many others, is in a tough situation right now due to the COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. We provide a critical service to the community through our veterinary care, animal management, and sheltering services. Our services are essential to our communities in the Western and Northern Divisions that must continue through this unprecedented time. Ensuring the health of your pet and farm animals means the health of you and your family / community. We are still here to provide veterinary services--but we need your help.

NOTE: We adhere, promote, and ensure we work within the Fiji Government’s advice and restrictions. However, we are still here for you and your animals. Check back as we'll be adding more content as the situation changes. (Updated: 14 April 2020)

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URGENT NEEDS

ADOPT

Please help us get as many animals adopted into furever homes as soon as possible! Waiting out the next few weeks in a shelter isn't good for animals, nor for the thinly stretched staff working tirelessly to care for them! It will also ensure that our Adoption Guaranteed shelter in Nadi can take in more animals if we have the space. Therefore, saving more lives. Animals - and their loving adopters - will be much happier if they're home together. 

We need adopters more than ever before - please click here to find out more about adoptions from Animals Fiji. Don't forget to contact us in advance to make an appointment to ensure we reduce the chance of exposure to COVID-19.

 

 

FOSTER

Make use of your time during this social distancing and FOSTER! 

7 reasons why you should become a foster carer for Animals Fiji:

  1. By looking after an animal temporarily, we can help more animals in need, now and in the future.
  2. If you are in a temporary situation, a foster can give you the animal companionship you need without having to commit to it’s long term care.
  3. Animals are less stressed in a home environment and may act completely differently than they are in a shelter. There are many cases of stressed and fearful animals that are completely relaxed and laid back at home. 
  4. Many animals cannot adapt to a shelter environment and as enriching as the staff try to create their temporary enclosures - nothing beats a home environment!
  5. In a natural home environment, the animals ‘come out of their shells’, their personalities make themselves known. We understand more about the animal in a natural home setting. Do the animals get along with children or other pets - all of this is vital to find the right adoptee!
  6. Fostering gives our Adoption Guaranteed Shelter more space for other animals in need. It ensures our capacity for care is followed - sometimes it gets so crowded in a shelter environment that by having one animal in foster, it helps the other animals in the shelter!
  7. You are a temporary pet ‘owner’ without the financial burden of medication and parasite control! Animals Fiji will provide for all the flea/tick, worming and vaccination treatment - all you have to worry about is the food.

You can become an adoption ambassador - photos of animals in home/normal environments attract more views on social media and will attract a different or more widespread audience. So don’t forget to tag us #animalsfiji 

If you are interested in fostering, please contact us on 993-6647 or [email protected]

Don't forget to contact us in advance to make an appointment before visiting to foster to ensure  the proper amount of physical distancing that is safe for everyone can be followed. Keeping you and our team safe.

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CLINICS - OPENINGS & CLOSINGS

CLINICS OPENED - NADI & SAVUSAVU

Our Nadi and Savusavu clinics will remain operating normal hours. Click here for contact numbers and hours.

  • Please do NOT come to any of our Animals Fiji clinics if you are sick in any way!
  • We kindly request you call in advance, to ensure the proper amount of physical distancing that is safe for everyone—our staff and our clients (human and animals alike). Even for emergencies, give us a ring on your way, a few minutes advance notice will really help us to manage a safe physical distance for all involved.
  • Animals Fiji requests that only one family member / guardian come with your animal.
  • We are suspending our Shelter & Clinic Tour until further notice. Animals Fiji request that any non-essential visitors refrain from coming.

OPENING HOURS AND CONTACTS:

Nadi clinic:

ADDRESS: Lot 1, Koroniqava Road, Nasoso, Nadi.
PH: +679 9936 647  |  EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm & Saturday 8.30am to 1pm

Savusavu clinic:

ADDRESS: Dr Ishaque's Medical Centre, Nakama Road, Savusavu
PH: +679 9986 253  |  EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 8.00am to 12pm

CLINIC REOPEN WED, 15 APRIL - LAUTOKA

The lockdown in the great Lautoka area has been lifted, therefore we will be reopening our Lautoka clinics starting Wednesday, 15 April.

WEDNESDAYS

Clinic Physical Address: Lautoka City Works Depot, Dravuni St, Lautoka (across the street from Army Barracks)

Clinic Telephone: (+679) 998-2026 or (+679) 993-6647
Email: [email protected]
Opening Times: Every Wednesday - 8:30am to 12:00pm (Please phone to make an appointment)

SATURDAYS

Clinic Physical Address: Ministry of Agriculture - Lautoka Office, Tavewa Ave, Lautoka

Clinic Telephone: (+679) 998-2026 or (+679) 993-6647
Email: [email protected]
Opening Times: Every Saturday - 9:00am to 12:30pm (please phone to make an appointment)

We remind all clients that to keep everyone safe, follow the below instructions:

  • Please do NOT come to any of our Animals Fiji clinics if you are sick in any way!
  • We kindly request you call in advance, to ensure the proper amount of physical distancing that is safe for everyone—our staff and our clients (human and animals alike). Even for emergencies, give us a ring on your way, a few minutes advance notice will really help us to manage a safe physical distance for all involved.
  • Animals Fiji requests that only one family member / guardian come with your animal.

 

We are also offering TELEPHONE and VIDEO consults for people in this area that are of high risk or wish to not come in person. Please contact us on 993-6647 or via email on [email protected] 

REOPEN IN MAY - LABASA

We are suspending our Labasa clinic for the month of April, but we will back in May to service the greater Labasa area. Click here for contact numbers and hours. 

We are offering TELEPHONE and VIDEO consults for people in this area. Please contact us on 998-6253 or via email on [email protected]

When we return please keep in mind the following:

  • Please do NOT come to any of our Animals Fiji clinics if you are sick in any way!
  • We kindly request you call in advance, to ensure the proper amount of physical distancing that is safe for everyone—our staff and our clients (human and animals alike). Even for emergencies, give us a ring on your way, a few minutes advance notice will really help us to manage a safe physical distance for all involved.
  • Animals Fiji requests that only one family member / guardian come with your animal.

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NADI SHELTER

We are deep in unchartered waters. The humans of this world are doing their absolute best to fight their battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this and further than normal financial strain, we too are doing our best to continue to help the animals of Fiji— but this can only go on for so long if the current situations continue. 

We are feeling the effects of COVID-19, Animals Fiji’s shelter constantly operates at, or near capacity as many stray unwanted, injured or abused puppies, kittens, dogs and cats are surrendered to our Nadi clinic and shelter. We simply have no room or capacity for care for new animals in shelter. Regrettably, Animals Fiji will need to temporarily suspend the acceptance of new surrenders until further notice. Hence why we need your to help us with adopting and fostering.

We are staying positive and have a list of solutions that will enable Animals Fiji’s doors to stay open— to keep on providing essential veterinary services and to hopefully returning to taking in surrenders. This is only possible with your help that we so desperately need.

With our shelter currently at capacity, there are plenty of mouths to feed. Every donation, monetary or in-kind, large or small counts! DONATE NOW! Or if you want to donate in-kind, click here for our list of items needed.

Animals Fiji does not know how long this crisis will carry on for, nor do we know…how long we can keep our doors open for? But we know for a fact that Animals Fiji will never give up, we will not stop fighting for the animals of Fiji. Join us! We need you! We are a voice for those that have none. Let’s all work together to continue to build a lifeline for animals.

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KEEPING YOU & YOUR PET SAFE DURING A PANDEMIC

While it’s not fun to imagine, now is an important time to create a plan for your pet in case you get sick. This weekend, we strongly encourage you to gather any members of your household and walk through the following steps to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency.

  1. Know the facts: According to the OIE, CDC, & AVMA there is no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for your animal is inside the home they know and love. If you aren’t feeling well but are still able to provide care for your pet, please keep them at home with you where they’re most comfortable.
  2. If you do become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? Is there anyone else in your home who could help? Maybe a neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in? Animals Fiji can assist as a boarding facility and may be able to help in your time of need with advance notice. But the most important thing you can do today is come up with two potential pet plans and talk directly with those people so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action.
  3. Prepare a pet supply kit. It may not seem necessary today, but we promise it will be hugely helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down the proper supplies. If possible, your kit should include:
  • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
  • Name and contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
  • Food, treats, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
  • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Vaccination records
  • Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip info is up to date)
  • Medications and prescriptions, along with instructions
  • Daily care instructions
  • Your vet's contact information

With your whole family on board and a plan in place, you’ll feel a bit better about your pet’s safety knowing they’re in good hands no matter what challenges may arise.

(Credit and thank you to the Wisconsin Humane Society for the above prep.)

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Please continue to check this page for updates, as we have more information.