The Pandemic is Affecting Pet Shelter Populations

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.

As the health and economic crises set in, housing in-security increases and the Roice-Hurst Human Society is anticipating a decrease in pet adoptions and a decrease in pet donations during these tough times, according to the organization.

There are ways to help Roice-Hurst, and the first way is making a donation. Sandy Higgins works for the non-profit organization and says the organization is funded by program fees, grants, and donations from the compassionate community.

If times are tough, Roice-Hurst has recommended some out-of-the-box donation ideas like donating part of your tax refund, or all of it. You can also transfer stock to the shelter, pay required minimum distributions (RMD’s) on your IRA accounts to RHHS. You can even list the shelter as your beneficiary from your life insurance policy. Finally, you can adopt a pet as your new fur-friend, or become an extension of the shelter and become a fur-baby foster parent. “Kitten season has started. We have 53 kittens in foster care right now, and we’re predicting that’s going to triple the next 6 weeks,” says Higgins.

These are the ways you can help the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, and more importantly the animals, but here are some ways RHHS is continuing their mission promoting the bonds between pets and people.

Hydrate Homeless Hounds is a team effort with Catholic Outreach to help our homeless help their best friend. Sandy says, “A $20 donation will provide one of our collapsible water bowls, and a bag of food to someone in our homeless community who owns a dog, so that that dog can stay hydrated.”

RHHS also has the pet pantry for pet parents falling on hard times and there’s low cost clinics and a virtual adoption this Saturday, June 6, and another on June, 27.

When you adopt, all animals are spaded or neutered, have all the up to date shots, and even have microchips. Employees like Sandy love the animals, but they’re working in this industry for more than tail wagging. “It’s not working with the animals, it’s working with the people. I always love seeing the pets being adopted because you see that light in their eyes, and the people, and you just see that bond being created right away,” says Higgins.

To make a difference in a surrendered pet’s life, click here and get them purring and barking again in your home or help them find another happy home, and if you can’t make a financial donation, you can donate pet food and supplies, or even cleaning supplies.

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