“The animals don’t know or care that this epidemic is happening,” Lincoln County Humane Society director Kevin Strooband says.
At the organization shelter it is business as usual, although with modified visits by apointment, much like other local shelters in the region.
One veterinary technician is on-site every day to renew perscriptions and food, but for more urgent veterinary needs, the LCHS refers those in need to the Niagara Falls emergency clinic.
But, like any other time of the year, the organization gets animals in need coming to the shelter - and shutting down is not an option.
“Yesterday we had nine dogs come in, and three cats. Regardless of what happens with this epidemic, we have lives that depend on us,” Strooband continued, saying someone will always be there to care for, and protect the animals currently sheltered at the St. Catharines location.
The distruptions and lower staffing are not the only concerns for LCHS, who all of a sudden is experiencing a much lower stream of donations coming in.
“Our pet food bank is really feeling it, but we just got a $200 donation from someone, and my other half went to Costco to pick up a bunch of bags that we are breaking into smaller portions to give out to animal owners who might need them,” said Strooband.
With the requirements of isolation and social distancing hanging over Ontarians, right now is a great time to adopt an animal. Probably even a better time, since they can get used to a new environment and spend time with their owners, and building a relationship, and of course for mental health benefits,” Strooband said, adding that animals are always listed on the organization Facebook page, as well as on their website.
Other animal shelters in the region are reporting similar restrictions and challenges.
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