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Animal shelters seeing a decrease in donations and adoptions due to COVID-19

Nonprofit organizations are taking hit during these uncertain times. Animal shelters have seen both adoptions and donations decrease.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 7:11 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2020 6:04 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind.(WLFI)-Nonprofit organizations are taking hit during these uncertain times. Animal shelters have seen both adoptions and donations decrease. 2020 started out as a good year for Loving Heart Animal Shelter, but now that’s all about to change.

“We were doing really good. January and February which is normally our slow months it was crazy here because we were getting donations coming in our income was up adoption were up,” said Sandy Fogarasi, Executive Director, Loving Heart Animal Shelter. “We were at like 15 cats and 8 dogs already in the first two months and now that’s all going to come to screeching halt.”

One big reason things will change is because Loving Heart Animal shelter can no longer do home visits for people looking to adopt a dog. But, the shelter is adapting to the stay at home order.

“We did a virtual home visit for the first time,” said Fogarasi. “So we set up a camera and they walked around their house so we got to see the house we met the other dog so that’s an option we may be able to look in to.”

Foster Based Loving Paws Animal Center is also seeing negative effects from the coronavirus.

“Our donations have stopped, seen about a 75 percent decrease,” said Teresa Fee Founder, Loving Paws Animal Center.

Loving Paws Animal Center rescues sick and feral cats. Right now the rescue is caring for 60 animals.

“Teresa brings to us really those cats that would otherwise be forgotten and not be able to make it on their own,” said Carol Hainje a Veterinarian with the Battle Ground Veterinarian Clinic

Since Loving Paws cats have unique needs their vet bills are higher than normal.

“Anybody even trying to help animals we do need the support we operate on donations so we cannot function outside of that,” added Fee.

So, if you are feeling a little lonely these days, you might consider adopting a furry friend.

“You know a lot of people aren’t use to being this isolated,” said Fogarasi. To have a dog or a cat there with you and not be by yourself, it would be a good time to get a dog or cat.”

Shelters are mostly in need of cleaning supplies due to the shortages that are currently taking place. If you would like to donate to Loving Paws Animal Center or are interested in adopting head to their Facebook page. If you would like to donate or adopt from, Loving Heart Animal Shelter visit their website and Facebook page as well.

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