How are we handling the Covid-19 Virus?
March 24, 2020
Like everyone else right now, we have been struggling with what to say, what not say and when to say it. We have been receiving calls and messages from people concerned about the shelter. I have always felt that communication is the backbone to any success
Our hope is to keep people informed of what is happening with the Shelter & Pet Food Bank, as well as what is happening nationwide in the sheltering world and the impact on our non-human family members. We are being asked what people can do to help, not just us but everyone. My goal is to post an update every Sunday to keep the communication flowing.
This is your Shelter & Pet Food Bank we are just the Guardians.
The Shelter & Food Bank:
Even though Social Media & The Media have been criticized for spreading things quickly I truly believe that it helped us to prepare just in case. We have been preparing for the last few weeks, I am confident it will help us to keep doing what we do just in a modified way.
***Like everyone else we have reduced our staff down to 4 people on the payroll to cover 11 hours a day 7 days a week. This will ensure that we are able to care for cats, adoptions and still operate the Pet Food Bank. We have an incredibly hardy, resilient and dedicated staff as well as Board of Directors. Employees that were laid off have been coming back to help and I am very grateful too them for that. We have a plan in place that will ensure to the best of our ability we will still be here. We will still be answering the phone.
***We will start the “Sponsor a cat” sometime this week and posting all adoptable on Facebook as well as our Website: www.AniMeals.com. We are still doing adoptions by appointment only. We have put some cats into temporary fosters to relieve some of the burden and the stress on the staff, this will ensure that the cats get daily interaction and attention.
***We are still available to all Fosters and Gaia’s Landing.
***Spoke with someone from the Missoula Food Bank and they are starting to get more and more requests for Pet Food. They currently do not have pet food so they will be sending those people to us. I am anticipating the demand for pet food to increase substantially over the coming weeks and months. We have sent a message to local disaster agencies and next week will start contacting State and Federal to see if we can get pets and pet food as part of the emergency management plan if it isn’t already. HSUS and ASPCA have been also trying to get some information on this and hopefully with all of us working on it we will know more soon. If you can donate food please continue, the response was phenomenal, and we can’t thank you enough.
***We have limited our intake to the most at risk. This is only the Very sick, injured, motherless kittens or abandoned. You can help us and other shelters by asking yourself if you are able to help by feeding a stray? providing an outside shelter? have an extra room or time? Take a stray to be chip scanned by a Veterinarian or a shelter---proactively looking for owners yourselves, post on Craigslist as found pet Etc….THIS WILL BE KEY!
***There are groups popping up everywhere to help shelters and Animal Controls across the country not only with advice on operations but emotional and psychological support. The ability to network will be more important now than ever.
***A lot of shelters have completely cleared out by fostering out all cats and dogs into temporary homes.
***Rural Shelters, Rescues and Animal Controls will most likely be the greatest impacted. Their access to resources is already limited and will become more so as time goes on.
**There has been many outside of the box thinkers in sheltering and I find it reassuring.
***IF YOU KNOW A SHELTER WORKER, ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER, VETERNARIAN, VETERNARY TECHNICIAN LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR LIVES AND TOO THE LIVES OF THE ANIMALS WE CARE FOR***
***LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU APPRECIATE THEM****
***THEY ARE STRUGGLING WITH CARING FOR THE ANIMALS THAT DEPEND ON THEM AND THEIR OWN FAMILIES****
***Please continue to Adopt, Donate, Foster***
Diane, and the AniMeals Team!