Editor’s Note: This story originally reported that Helping Hands Humane Society was requesting online-only submissions to avoid in-person contact. The organization requires adopters to come in person to meet animals and complete the adoption process, but adoption profiles online can help in lessening in-person contact.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Helping Hands Humane Society is known for its fostering and adoptions of animals. Thanks to the community, the coronavirus has not slowed down its business too much.
“We did see an initial rise in adoptions,” Grace Clinton, Director of Business Development and Special Events, said. “A lot of people being at home want to have an animal with them which is very cool.”
Individual donations are down but the humane society is receiving money through grants, including the Petco Foundation. The organization is not accepting new shelter volunteers right now, but said donations and becoming a temporary pet foster at home are two ways the public can assist them during the pandemic.
“The reality is we need our volunteers and we can’t do it without them. They are a huge amount of the love and labor for these animals,” Clinton said.
Helping Hands modified its volunteer program in a way to keep everyone safe.
“It just feels good and right now is a good time to focus on what we can do instead of what we feel like we can’t do,” volunteer Aleta Boucher said.
Helping Hands Humane Society asked adopters to come to the shelter to meet potential pets. While they need to come to the shelter to complete the adoption process, people interested in adopting can submit an online adoption profile, and reduce in-person contact as they find the right pet.