The Quinte Humane Society is preparing for the unpredictable future as the threat of a second wave of COVID lingers over the Quinte community.
While doing both adoptions and surrenders by appointment during this time to ensure the number of people within the building stays at a safe level, society staff continue to carry out the daily operations at the facility.
Similar to normal operations, staff and volunteers work hard to keep the environment as sterile as possible. All staff, employees, volunteers and those with a scheduled appointment are required to wear a mask while at the humane society.
“We are currently preparing to face a second wave and are ordering PPE to keep staff safe and able to care for the animals,” said Quinte Humane Society executive director Frank Rockett. “I have to commend our team for the outstanding effort they have made during this challenging period and we could not have done it without them.”
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused several challenges for the Quinte Humane Society such as interrupting the organization’s campaign for a new building and the loss of event revenue.
“We are definitely facing some challenges from loss of event revenue due to COVID-19 but are doing our best to transition to online fundraising,” explained Rockett. “If the anticipated second wave materializes, we will have to adjust operations to keep both staff, volunteers and, of course, the animals safe. If the situation does not improve in the next few months, we will be faced with tough economic times, like many of our colleagues in the charitable sector.”
With limited capacity for the Quinte Humane Society to move forward, the society’s campaign for a new building has been put on hold as potential donor meetings are unable to happen. The humane society is currently waiting for more information from the Community Infrastructure Fund in regard to financial assistance.
“The team is working hard on our upcoming virtual walk, the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon – Sniff Your Own Adventure Edition,” added Rockett. “We are anticipating a very fun virtual event that will keep our supporters safe while helping animals in need.”
The fifth annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon fundraising event hosted by the Quinte Humane Society will be going virtual this year. Residents looking to participate can sign up online and collect pledges through the online platform. Through September 12 to 19, participants are encouraged to send a 90-second video to the Quinte Humane Society’s event page to collaborate in helping animals in need. Gift baskets are to be won for the top three donation collectors, and a spa package from Little Stinkers will be awarded to the participant whose video receives the most likes.
More details about the upcoming Wiggle Waggle Walkathon can be found at walk.quintehumanesociety.com.
Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer