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A note to the MaxFund Community about MaxFund and Coronavirus
from MaxFund Executive Director Nanci Suro
MaxFund Executive Director Nanci Suro
During these challenging times, we are grateful for the steadfast support of the MaxFund community. We are all interconnected, and we will all get through this together.
I want to let you know of some of the things that we are doing to deal with coronavirus/COVID-19 issues.
What we’re doing at the shelter.
One, the continued welfare of the dogs and cats in our care is always our top priority. We’re making sure we have the staffing and supplies we need. The animals depend on us to give them the care they need every single day regardless of what’s going on with the humans around them. The two things we are doing to make sure we’re prepared are (1) making sure there’s full kennel staff coverage, supplemented by the wonderful work of volunteers who have been trained to assist on days when we don’t have enough staff coverage; and (2) actively seeking temporary foster homes to the extent possible.
Two, our mission depends on the continued health and safety of our staff and volunteers. But kennel work and veterinary work can’t be done “remotely.” We are encouraging everyone who serves MaxFund – staff and volunteers – to stay home if they don’t feel well. And, although we are a non-profit with a lean budget, we’re providing sick leave benefits to our staff, in order to reduce the financial burden that an absence from work would otherwise cause. For work that can be done from home, we’ve authorized telecommuting.
Three, we’re complying with “best practices” directives and recommendations. We’re always conscious about sanitary hygiene practices in a shelter environment, but we’ve upped our practices in that regard. We have asked everyone in the shelter to maintain social distancing to the extent practicable. We have cancelled all events and face-to-face meetings, including new volunteer orientations, for the time being. Please note, the cancellations INCLUDE the annual open public meeting that we scheduled for March 28, 2020. We will reschedule that open public meeting at a later date.
And finally, while both the shelter and the vet clinic remain open at this time, we are, for now, limiting shelter intakes and transfers. We will always stand by our commitment to take back a dog or cat you’ve adopted from MaxFund if you must relinquish one. But we hope that you’ll work with us to ensure that this can be done in an orderly way to limit the burdens that could otherwise affect our shelter animals. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
What you can do to help.
MaxFund relies on the generosity of our community. We could not exist if not for the support of the individuals and businesses who believe, as we do, in the MaxFund mission. We hope you’ll find it in your hearts to continue to support MaxFund. Like others, our expenses are rising, and our fundraising activities have had to be curtailed.
Support doesn’t just mean dollars, although dollars are, of course, critical. Help us out by bringing by your donations. In particular, any and all donations of dog food and cat food (unopened and unexpired, please) are extremely welcome. Our shelter animals have food supplies. But your dog food/cat food donations will be used to support our low-income food program.
Also welcome are the “extras” that we may not have an adequate budget for. If you’re able to bring in jarred meat baby food (chicken, turkey), those are appreciated by our picky animals. Check our Amazon wish list for other things we can use. If you’re isolation-shopping, we’re happy to be included!
About your own safety and that of your own companion animals.
The World Health Organization has stated that there’s no evidence that coronavirus transmission can happen between you and your companion animals. The ASPCA has a number of good suggestions for keeping you and your pets safe during this time here. They include following basic hygiene practices, making sure you have a supply of pet foods, medicines, cat litter, etc., designating a caregiver just in case, and creating a “dossier” of info a caregiver may need.
The current circumstances are a challenge for us. They’re challenging for you. But we will continue our important work for the homeless dogs and cats in our care. And we know we can depend on your continued support. We are in this together. Thank you.
Nanci Suro, MaxFund Executive Director