Calgary Humane Society introduces online adoption amid COVID-19 outbreak

Nellie Chapman
March 26, 2020

"This is a great opportunity to introduce a new pet into the home, as many people now have more time to spend bonding with their new pet", Jessica Bohrson with the Calgary Humane Society said. COVID-19 Animal Shelter Preparedness Guide covers topics ranging from "Feral/Community Cat Protocol" to "How To Get Your Community To Help" and even a chapter on "Found Foster Protocol for Chameleon". The humane society isn't open to general visitors, so if somebody is bringing in a stray animal, they are asked to call first.

But the shelter also is preparing for the possibility of an influx of animals coming in due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus.

"It is very important that people continue to consider adopting animals during this crisis", she said.
Surrender of healthy animals are not accepted until further notice. "And we can help in that case if they're from St. Joseph County, Indiana". The Newberg Animal Shelter has canceled its spring fundraisers as well and has been forced to reduce staff hours to maintain social distancing. "It's an unprecedented time, and there are still animals relying on us for support". Without those activities taking place, the humane society says it is incurring a loss of critical revenue. "There's been a call out for fosters and adoptions across the country and the result of that has been absolutely tremendous".

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"The biggest thing we need is cat food to stock our pantry for cat owners who can't afford it", said Karissa Reynolds, shelter manager.

He said if there were fewer animals at the shelter, they wouldn't need as many staff members to take care of them.

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