By Lesley Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
In accordance with Washington State's Stay at Home order, Homeward Pet in Woodinville closed to the public on March 25, 2020, for both adoptions and donation drop-offs until further notice. All of the animals are currently in foster care.
Here are a few things you can do if you would like to help homeless pets during the COVID-19 crisis:
From the Homeward Pet Shelter website:
Donate. With our major spring fundraising events in jeopardy, donations are more important than ever. We rely on folks like you to help provide care to homeless animals while we wait out the current health crisis. Animals still keep coming, even if we can’t adopt them out right now. Please give a gift today.
Why do we need donations right now?
Right now, all of our planned fundraising events are on hold for the near future. We are not a government-funded organization; we rely on personal donations to keep our lights on and our animals fed. Without our fundraising events, a major source of income for us is completely lost—and we have no idea when things will return to normal.
Furthermore, although we’re still continuing to provide excellent care to our animals, we cannot adopt them out right now. Revenue from adoption fees and donations won’t be coming in for a while, but our animals will still need food, supplies, and medical treatment.
In short, our expenses continue on as normal—but our revenue streams are not, and we’re not sure when things will change. Please help us close the gap between the two.
Ship supplies. We are unable to accept donation drop-offs at this time, but there’s a list of items we need on our Amazon Wish List. However, because the items are frequently out of stock, we’ll happily accept shipments from other retailers. Our most needed items currently are toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and paper towels.
Sign up to foster an animal. Since we don’t know how long we will be closed, it is so important to have foster families we can rely on to care for our animals. If you’ve been considering fostering for a while, now’s a great time to start! More information and FAQs here.
Thank you so much for any way you can help—together, we’ll make it through.
Our pet sponsor.