Like most in our community, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound affect on the humane association and welfare of outdoor animals. Our biggest concern is with the health and welfare of our community. The safety of our members and volunteers is paramount.
We are in need of donations as some of our biggest fundraisers such as our annual flea market and rummage sale have been postponed.
One of our biggest projects, our Community Cat Program is at a standstill since the largest spay neuter clinic in the area is temporarily closed. There are almost no available foster homes. Shelters and rescues are not in a position to take in large numbers of animals due to capacity and resource constraints.
What does this mean to the community?
As kitten season approaches, there will be fewer opportunities for adoptions, which means many more homeless cats and kittens this year. The possibility of mass pet surrenders due to economic conditions exists. Our ability to help injured and sick animals in the community will be limited.
The community can help by doing the following:
- If you have space in your home and you are willing to foster a homeless animal, get in touch with us immediately.
- If you find baby kittens on your property, do not handle them for 4 to 6 hours as the mom may still be around. This is especially true if you find one or two babies. Mothers move their litters to different locations on a regular basis.
- If you see a sick or injured animal outside, call us to see if help is available.
Contact us if you can not afford to care for your pet before you surrender the animal to a shelter. We may be able to help you with food or supplies until things stabilize.
North Brunswick Humane Association is operating during this crisis. Let’s work together to protect the welfare of our pets and community cats while maintaining our own safety through social distancing and close contact avoidance.