3rd April 2020
Our community has never faced a challenge quite like the current situation and, at HSSC, our hearts and thoughts are with you as we weather this storm together. Our work looks very different from a few short weeks ago, but the need for animal rescue and adoption services remains. As an essential public service, we will be here to provide lifesaving care for animals in need, no matter what.
In a situation where so much is beyond our control, how can you make a difference? The truth is, we need your help now, and there are ways you can help make a difference for animals in need, in crisis, today.
Over 130 animals have found new families in the month of March! We are continuing to offer adoptions by appointment. Your safety and the safety of staff is our highest priority, and we are practicing vigilant social distancing. Since we are all spending more time at home, now may be an ideal time to adopt a new best friend. View available animals online, and call (234) 212-9843 to schedule your appointment.
In keeping with public health guidelines, we have paused in-shelter volunteering. The services provided by volunteers – dog walking, adoptions, laundry, medical assistance, feeding, and training – are essential and lifesaving. In 2019, 430 volunteers served over 42,000 hours – the equivalent of 20 full-time staff.
Volunteers are helping in many ways off-site, including as foster families for animals. While we are limiting public access to the shelter, dogs and cats are spending time with these dedicated volunteers while they await their forever homes. If you are interested in fostering, please complete our Foster Parent Application and Contract online.
Bark in the Park, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9th at Lock 3, has been postponed until the fall (date TBA). This event raises funds for veterinary care, and alone supports 20% of our annual medical costs. We will continue to raise support through our Paws for a Cause: Virtual Walk - and your support as a fundraiser is needed now more than ever. Learn more, join the team, and create your fundraising web page today.
The easiest way to help animals at HSSC is by making a tax-deductible donation. The CARES Act extends new deduction opportunities for gifts of up to $300, even if you take the standard deduction. If you itemize, the limit on deductions for donations is lifted for the current tax year. Your financial gift provides the flexibility to provide animals what they need, when they need it.
We will continue to update you as to how you can help and how our procedures are changing in line with public health guidelines. Thank you for your support of the animals and for inspiring us through your support and commitment to animals during this uncertain time. Be safe and be well.
Your friends at the Humane Society of Summit County