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Posted on: December 22, 2021

Animal Shelter closed until further notice due to COVID-19 exposure

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(MANHATAN, KS – December 22, 2021) The T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter will be closed to the public until further notice. One Animal Shelter employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, December 22. The City of Manhattan is notifying those who are considered close contacts of the employee. Any members of the public who visited the facility on Tuesday, December 21, should monitor for symptoms and consult the Riley County Health Department or a physician if they become symptomatic.  

"In order to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the community, we are closing the shelter to the public and won’t be accepting adoptions or surrenders at this time," said Bryce Caulk, Animal Services Director. "Rest assured, our shelter will be staffed during this time to ensure our animals are being properly fed and cared for. We hope to be back open to the public during the first week of January 2022 if we can staff the shelter to conduct adoptions and surrenders safely and appropriately."

At this point, no further details will be released with respect to the privacy of individual health information. 

Animal Control Officers are dispatched by the Riley County Police Department. To report a problem or request assistance with an Animal Control issue, call the Riley County Police Department at (785) 537-2112. To report an emergency, dial 911. 

Individuals who are missing an animal or have general inquiries are encouraged to email the shelter at Find information about animals available for adoption, a wish list for donation items, and volunteer opportunities online at Follow the shelter on Facebook at /TRRAnimalShelter, on Twitter at @AnimalTRR, and on Instagram at trranimalshelter.


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