As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, local animals still need to be rescued and cared for, which is why the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS) has had to adjust its operations in response to the ever-changing world surrounding the virus.
âDue to the coronavirus, we have made the heartbreaking decision to temporarily lay off our 60 dedicated volunteers who we relied on to care for our animals every day,â said Karen Rau, Executive Director. âOur three paid staff members have reorganized their work schedules to ensure that we have daily care for our animals every day of the week. Our volunteers stay connected to our animals through weekly updates and photos sent by our staff. “
âOur greatest need is monetary donations and adopters,â Rau said. âWe rely on our fundraisers to provide much-needed income for our day-to-day operations. “
With the postponement of the MAPS March fundraiser and the uncertainty surrounding the future of all events this year, they, like all nonprofits, are worried about their financial futures.
âNow more than ever, we need financial support, but we also understand that many individuals and families are also facing financial hardship right now,â Rau said.
MAPS was also due to move into its new facility next month, and for now, that plan tentatively remains the same.
âAt this time, construction work is still underway at our new facility, but we don’t know how the COVID-19 situation will affect our schedule to move into the new building,â Rau said, âThings are changing. daily in the world we live in. today, therefore, we are constantly adapting, but with hope. The move is tentatively scheduled for next month. “
Even though MAPS is currently closed to the public, they still encourage adoption as many pets still need homes.
âWith ‘kitten season’ fast approaching and the possible influx of animals entering our shelter, we need to make sure that we are controlling the number of animals in our facility,â said Rau. “If you are interested in adopting, please complete our online application and once approved we will schedule an appointment for the applicant to visit their pet.”
At this time, MAPS is not looking for immediate foster homes as they have not yet reached their maximum capacity and the animals are in comfortable living conditions at the shelter. Their main focus at the moment is adoptions.
“If our numbers increase to the point that we can no longer comfortably house the animals, we might ask the public to find foster homes,” said Kaitlin Loberg, manager of the shelter. As always, we encourage people to follow our Facebook page for the most recent updates and information. “
“Like any other crisis, we will go through this together,” added Holly Henschke, medical coordinator. “Our community has been so generous to us, and we would like to return the favor by inviting those in need to visit our free pet pantry.”
MAPS keeps a table stocked in the main entrance with a variety of cat and dog food that everyone is free to have.
âNo questions asked, and everyone is welcome,â Henschke said. âOur only request is that you take only what you need so that we can supply as many people as possible. “
MAPS has also partnered with United Way to make sure they reach people who may need food for their pets.
âUW sends over 100 boxes of emergency food per week and we asked them to include a slip explaining our free pet pantry. So far Prince and the Country Store have donated food for this, âsaid Rau. “We are also asking people to drop donated cat and dog food between our front doors to make sure we have enough food for those who need it.”
Find MAPS ‘COVID-19 response page here.