Animal shelter open house canceled but donations still needed

Officials are canceling a holiday open house at Columbus Animal Care Services originally set for Sunday because of the rise in COVID-19 in our community. However, there are still ways you can help the animals at the city shelter.

Friends of Columbus Animal Care Services is urging you to to consider a donation. The shelter is in need of pet food, especially kitten and cat food, kitten milk replacer and feeding bottles, cat litter, paper towels, hand sanitizer and Dawn dishwashing liquid.

You can also donate money, which will go to support the shelter’s adoption medical fund, for both additional medical expenses and to prepare dogs to go on the Canine Express Transport program to regional shelters.

You can get a complete list of needed donation items on the city website at