I received an email from a pet food producer that referred to a great letter put out by the PetFinder foundation. You can read the entire post (including nice pictures) here but there were a lot of links and T-G does not like me cutting/pasting complete articles so I have trimmed it down and removed links from some of the quotations. Feel Free to read the full post and you will have access to the groups mentioned.
On a personal note we would LOVE to adopt out many of our feline family, but I am somewhat frozen by the possibility of adopting them to someone who I do not know and might abuse or neglect them. We have done well with those we have adopted, since most of the families keep us up-to-date on how the cats are doing and even send pictures. But I am still terrified of adopting them to someone who is just smitten at the moment but not really committed to caring for their new family member, or have worse plans for them.
As I write this Mira continues to try to get on my keyboard and Molly is rubbing on my shoulder. Maybe they know I am writing about adoption? Neither of them have to worry since both are getting up in age and too much of our family now. But the others? Lets' talk. :-)
Here is the abbreviated article:
Coronavirus has impacted everyone — including homeless pets and those caring for them. We reached out to thousands of shelters and rescue groups; all are desperate for assistance. Below, you’ll find the most important ways you can help.
FOSTER (OR ADOPT!)
Fewer pets are being adopted, but they haven’t stopped coming in to shelters. Adoption groups need your help getting them OUT!
And if you’ve been considering adoption, do it now! “It’s a great time, with people spending time at home, to bring a new animal into the household,” says Jacki Dapkus of Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Colorado. “Keep those kids busy training a new puppy!”
Groups desperately need pet food and cat litter — and cleaning supplies. You don’t need to go to the shelter to donate; most have online wish lists with links to the most-needed items.
Some shelters have told volunteers to stop coming in, but others are desperate for help. Shelters are short-staffed as employees have to stay home to care for their children; many shelter volunteers are over 60 and need to avoid contact. Extra hands are needed to clean, call vet references, take photos for social media, and, of course, socialize the animals
SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Homeless pets need you to network them, but use care in “giving” them away. There are still nasty people out there who will abuse them. (I'm afraid a few of us wear our Facebook friends out with all the "sharing" we do of lost or found pets) Please use your social media to share your local groups’ other needs.
MOST OF ALL, GIVE CASH
Annual fundraising events that many groups rely on have been canceled, adoption fees are drying up and longtime donors are putting their wallets away. Shelters may literally lose the roofs over their heads.
And please give an unrestricted gift. “Lots of people want to donate to specific programs or initiatives, but it’s the shelter workers and animal-care attendants who need the support now more than ever,” says TJ Treviño of San Antonio Pets Alive!
I know everyone is hurting right now, but the good news is, there are many ways you can help homeless pets in your community. Thank you for thinking of them, and please take care and stay safe.