In the first hour, more than 100 people had visited the facility, either dropping off donations or seeking to bring home a furry friend.
“It’s interesting how much you really miss those interactions and how impactful one-on-one interactions with pets are. You really see them starting to show more personalities and more excitement,” said Erin Ford-Horio, Animal Services Supervisor. .
On average, the association receives more than 4,000 visitors per month with a success rate of 1,100 adoptions per year.
So a shutdown, brought on by the pandemic, meant they had to get creative in matching pets with their families.
“We had to operate by appointment only,” says Ford-Horio.
Initially fearing the influx of surrenders felt by shelters nationwide, the animal services team was surprised when admissions declined during the pandemic.
The team used their website and social media to post photos of the adorable adoptables who made it to the center.
Ford-Horio says that while the situation was far from ideal, they made the most of it.
“It’s hard to convey everything about this pet through a picture or a written description, so we really had to go through some of these challenges in order to be able to truly match people with the pet they are really looking for. Ford said. -Horio.
Fundraisers have also had to travel online, including their annual fashion show.
“It was a different way of doing things, but it also gave us a better appreciation of the people who continue to support us,” said Ford-Horio.
If you’re looking for a new furry friend to add to your family, Miss Winkles’ new opening hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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