Last week, for the safety of our community and staff, we made the incredibly hard decision to temporarily close our facilities to the public beginning March 23. When we made that call, we also committed to continue serving pets and people in every way possible during the temporary closure.
On Saturday and Sunday, we cleared out the shelter by transferring 69 animals to incredible foster homes. Staff continue to provide fosters with food, supplies, medicine, veterinary care, and other supports.
We’ve also been working with Meals on Wheels volunteers, Charm City Companions, and Finding Knox to deliver pet food and supplies to vulnerable community members through Kibble Connection. So far this week, we’ve helped 136 people and 180 pets.
Staff are checking phone and email messages daily. We’re responding as quickly as possible, but please be patient, because we’re receiving a higher-than-average number of inquiries.
Like every nonprofit, COVID-19 is forcing us to find new ways of doing business. As the crisis evolves, so will our response. We’re constantly thinking of new ways to support pets and people during this unprecedented situation.
Our commitment hasn’t wavered, but our revenue has severely declined as a result of COVID-19. We’re incredibly grateful to our donors and sponsors, who have helped us keep going. The best way to support us right now is to become a monthly donor. Every dollar will help the animals in our care and enable us to create innovations during this crisis.
We understand this is a scary time for our community. Know that our hearts are with each and every one of you and your pets. And let me assure you: the Maryland SPCA isn’t going anywhere. We can’t wait to reopen our facilities to the public.