In our community specifically, it has been incredible to see so many people stepping up in new and different ways to support animals and the people who love them.
We are so thankful to volunteers who have provided support to our employees during this challenging time. Our employees have all continued to work, even though many have experienced the effects of this crisis in dramatic ways… through lack of childcare, personal illness, illness of family members, or the hardship of family members losing their jobs. Volunteers have shown their support by making cheerful face coverings for our employees, driving by to honk in appreciation of our Animal Control Officers, and even providing meals for team members whose families may be facing food insecurity.
One dog who is dear to our hearts was made available for adoption after weeks of recovery. You may remember Nieve. She is a beautiful Husky mix who was found on the train tracks in the pouring rain with severe, life threatening injuries. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to get her the specialized veterinary care she needed. Now she is looking and feeling terrific!
We are so happy to be able to help our neighbors in need during this crisis. And in the coming weeks, as increasing numbers of animals will be coming into our care just like every summer, we hope to be able to continue to be flexible and nimble in modifying our operations to meet community needs while protecting the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and customers.
As you may know, Governor Newsom has released a four-stage plan for how the state can ease stay at home restrictions in the coming months. Pasadena Humane Society is and has been an essential business throughout the pandemic. We are, and have been, part of Stage 1. While we have been forced to restrict the number of people at our facility, our lifesaving work has continued nonstop.
We are continuously modifying our operations to try to make our essential workplace as safe as possible through:
- Adapting our facilities and work flow
- Offering adoptions and other essential services by appointment only
- Taking our fundraising events
- And of course, encouraging everyone to make individual behavior changes for health and safety, such as wearing face covering, maintaining 6 feet of social distance, and washing hands frequently.
From all of us at Pasadena Humane, I want to thank you for helping us to help the pets in our community and the people who love them. Through your generous support and many acts of kindness, you help to create striking moments of happiness and gratitude, as well as hope for brighter days ahead.
Take care and be well,
President & CEO
Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA