Weekly roundup to help you and your adoptable pets

by Kristen

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Dear Petfinder Member,

We continue to hope this finds you healthy and safe!

Below is your weekly digest of information and resources to help support you and your adoptable animals during these uncertain times.

These updates are here to share some of the best ideas, tools and resources from around the animal welfare community.

Funding

As there continues to be no clear time we will return to hosting in-person events, we’d like to share these two resources that can help you continue your fundraising efforts… virtually!

Our friends at Get Fully Funded provided 12 ideas for virtual fundraising and online events, as they discuss how to “pivot … to bring in money for your small nonprofit.”

Additionally, The Best Friends Animal Society has provided “3 fiscally impactful alternatives to live events right now”

Fosters

We want to continue highlighting that if you are looking foster volunteers The GreaterGood.org is “compiling a list of shelters and rescues looking for foster families, and matching those groups with fostering volunteers from our national community.” Just fill out this quick survey so they can better understand your needs and location.

Maddie’s Fund has compiled this list of resources as “emergency foster care will likely become a lifeline to shelters that are experiencing overcrowding, economic hardships and as staff members are unable to come in.”

Adoptions

Kitten Season

Wondering how to handle the community cats and neonatal kittens during the pandemic? Check out this article from Best Friends Animal Society which states “it’s critical for shelters and rescues to map out a strategy for managing any influx.” They have also provided resources if neonates should find their way into your care.

Community Plans

AnimalSheltering.org is asking you to “remind [your] community members that having a plan in place for pets is critical.” They have also provided the key points on what a plan should include.

We’d love to hear from you!

Want to share what’s working for you? Is there additional information you’d like to see from us? You can stay in touch by responding to this email.

Special thanks to Petfinder members Coastal Pet Rescue and Kitty Quarters, Inc. for sharing how they are adjusting their operations! Check out what they’re doing below:

Coastal Pet Rescue

“We created an outdoor adoption area at our shelter using a 10×20 tent so no one but staff and volunteers are going inside our building. All meet and greets are being done by appointment-only in our open play yards where we can let the families into the play yards and we stay on the outside answering questions for them.”

Kitty Quarters, Inc

They are doing a great job following cleaning protocols “Since the outbreak of the virus [we have] instituted a special disinfectant policy,” including wiping everything down after each touch, keeping safe distances, and limiting volunteers to 2 people at a time in the facility.

Additionally, they’re still ensuring safe access for those in need, “people who call us for food and litter donations from our pantry agree to a pick up time. Just before the arranged time, we place the bag of goodies in the flower well outside of our building. When they arrive they ring the door bell, pick up the bag and wave goodbye.”