Pet adoptions at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons have resumed, albeit by appointment, to observe social distancing.
Appointments take place outside, and paperwork is now "paperless," Scott Howe, ARF's executive director, said this week.
"We felt that adoptions as we had been doing them for years needed to change," he said. "We worked together as a team to come up with some new safety protocols. The better weather also made that possible."
Pet orientation visits are not yet allowed. Both employees and adopters are required to wear masks and gloves.
There are 79 dogs and cats available to adopt right now, Mr. Howe said. "We're happy to be able to place animals in homes. That's our mission, and we know that having pets right now is really a great comfort for all of us."