Jill Pessott, the chief executive of Pet Save, said the closure of their thrift store, which is a major source of income for the pet adoption service, has damaged the shelter.
To this is added a larger number of animals under his responsibility than usual.
We have seen many elderly people abandon their petssays Ms. Pessott.
We saw people who were afraid of catching something from their animals.
A number of people who died recently had pets, she adds.
But on the positive side, Ms. Pessot points out that the sale of masks sewn by volunteers has brought in $ 30,000 so far.
One of our volunteers had the idea of selling fabric masks that she makes … and she decided to call me and do it to raise fundssays Ms. Pessott.
She thought that maybe we could make masks with the material we had in the closed store. It worked well, which was good for us.
The response from the community has been incredible and we are truly grateful for their support throughout this process, she adds.
The masks were so successful and the demand was so high that Pet Save decided to be creative with its new product.
We started receiving calls based on animal motifssays Ms. Pessott.
They are also considering different designs to celebrate Canada Day, others could sport the colors of sports teams.
Effects of closing another shelter
Since the Wild at Heart shelter closed last year, Pet Save has done its best to accommodate as many animals as it can.
We temporarily opened a secondary shelter to accommodate the overflow, because with the closure of the veterinarians, we had a lot of animals that are not sterilized. They are therefore under our responsibility, says Jill Pessott.
The organization currently cares for approximately 145 animals, but only has a few people to do so, due in part to physical distancing measures.
Now the pressure starts to ease a little as the volunteers slowly come back, concludes the director general of the shelter.