In recent times, humans have struggled to take care of themselves, let alone take care of homeless animals.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Delaware animal rescue centers struggled to find funds, volunteers and adopters.
Delaware’s contract animal shelter partner is the Brandywine Valley SPCA. Stray animals picked up by Animal Control go to its shelters. However, the first state is full of rescues of smaller animals. Some have brick and mortar shelters with a few employees, but many operate only through foster homes and with unpaid volunteers.
COVID-19 dealt them a unique blow. The animals they help still need homes, and rescues still need the resources to find them.
Here is a look at a few of them.
Site: Based at Foster in Milton.
Rescue animals: 60 dogs, 1 cat
COVID-19 challenges: “Our biggest challenges have been our inability to organize adoption events… and obtain timely veterinary care. Also of concern is whether people will still be able to make the donations we rely on, ”said Crenshaw.
How can people help? By adopting, promoting and giving supplies or money.
Adoptable animal presented: Chance is 5 or 6 years old. He loves other dogs of all shapes and sizes and would love to go into a house with other pets. Chance is trained at home and does well on his own in the house, with or without a cash register. He doesn’t like loud noises.
First State Animal Center and SPCA
Site: 32 Shelter Circle, Camden
Rescue animals: About 130 dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, horses, goats – you name it
COVID-19 challenges: “The biggest challenge has been having enough workers to take care of the animals. We had quite a few employees who were exposed and had to take time off, ”Parana said. “The other problem is that we can’t just let people in and see our animals because we have to limit it to two at a time. detail. “
Adoptable animal presented: Sweet Pea has been with First State for two years. She is a high energy pit bull mix. Her favorite activity is running on a leash with Runners for Rescue on weekends. Sweet Pea would like to be the only pet in the house, and because she is very energetic, a house without small children would be preferable.
How can people help? Make a donation. First State’s bills go up in the summer because it air-conditioned all of its kennels.
Site: Based at Foster in Camden.
Director: Brittani howell
Rescue animals: 12 dogs
COVID-19 challenges: “Face masks can make dogs suspicious, which can be off-putting in early meetings,” Howell said. “And the vets we work with have been inundated, resulting in longer wait times for the appointments needed to place a dog in a home forever.”
Adoptable animal presented: Alvin is a 12-year-old mixed race who could use a quiet home where he can spend all his time next to himself or those close to him, without other pets. A retired person or couple would be great for Alvin.
How can people help? “We would like to add more members to our foster family – the more foster families we have, the more animals we can save,” Howell said. “We are 100% volunteers and benefit from the support of the community. Cash donations are therefore very much appreciated and help us offset the endless but vital expenses of vets. “
Site: Foster based in New Castle County.
Rescue animals: About 32
COVID-19 challenges: Fund raising. “We haven’t been able to organize face-to-face events for months. It caught us off guard because we had to change the way we fundraise, ”said Chelsea Kirk, Vice President of Renee’s Rescues.
Adoptable animal presented: Timba is a 7 year old German Shepherd female. She has gastrointestinal problems which are treated with monthly medication, which she will take for life. She accepts dogs and shares a foster family with several other large breed dogs, but no cats for her. Previous experience as a shepherd is important for potential adopters.
How can people help? Make a donation. Renee’s Rescues costs an average of about $ 6,000 per month in vet fees. If you can’t donate, just sharing the rescue’s Facebook posts is also a big help.
Delaware Humanitarian Association
Pitches: 701 A St., Wilmington, and 18675 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach
Director: Patrick carroll
Rescue animals: About 300 of many different species.
COVID-19 challenges: “For being suddenly and unexpectedly thrown into a pandemic, we actually don’t feel like we’ve struggled. We have actually prospered with an increase in adoptions and foster care placements, and our donors continue to give, ”said Cory Topel, Director of Marketing. “However, there are two difficult areas that come to mind. The first is that we had to cancel all of our fundraising events this year which is a big chunk of our revenue budget. Additionally, with the restrictions on visitors and volunteers and the inability to accept used items, there has been a dramatic drop in in-kind donations that are so essential to our day-to-day operations. “
How can people help? Donate money and supplies. Fundraising events have been canceled this year. Sheets, blankets, towels, wet cat food and other supplies are also urgently needed. Also, adopt or feed an animal.
Adoptable animals presented: Cats Brady and Tanya have both been on DHA for over 440 days. “While these cats are good with other cats, they are much more shy, so they continue to be overlooked by the more outgoing cats.”
As for the dogs, Zeke has been at the shelter for over 150 days. He gets along with other dogs but needs a home without cats. He is also doing well with the children he has met. Rhonda hasn’t been with the aid association for so long, but before she got there, she was in a shelter in Georgia for about eight months. She’s a “fat, lazy, sniffling slut.” She is also heartworm positive but is under treatment.
For more photos of adoptable animals featured here, check out the photo gallery at the top of the page.