• By Beth Oleson Marketing Director

We’re Still Here: an update from Woodford Humane

As the pandemic wears on, we’re all trying to find our “new normal” – Woodford Humane included. We know we’ve been gone from this space for a little while, so we’d like to start back up with a simple update on how it’s going here, how you can visit, and how you can help. First things first: we’re still here! Woodford Humane closed entirely for two months at the start of the pandemic, but even then, we continued to take in animals and care for the residents here. In that time, we had to rethink everything about our normal routine: how to keep things sanitized, how to protect our staff, how to allow guests in to adopt in a new way. Can you visit Woodford Humane now that we’re open again? Well… yes and no. Since we resumed adoptions on May 19, we are welcoming adopters in by appointment only, to meet a specific animal that they’re interested in taking home. If you’re ready to adopt, we have detailed guidelines for new, pandemic-friendly program on our web site at woodfordhumane.org; give them a read over before you call for an appointment! We have cats, kittens, dogs and puppies of all shapes and sizes coming and going every day. If you’re just wanting to visit, however, or if you’re a volunteer, you’ll have to wait a while longer before we can accommodate. Our number one priority is limiting potential exposure in order to keep our staff healthy – because there’s no B-team waiting in the wings to care for the animals if we get sick. Trust us, we’ll let the whole world know when we can open up more freely; we miss our volunteers and visitors! One of the biggest challenges in our “new normal” is funding. A large portion of our annual budget comes from our big fundraising events – and gathering hundreds of people in one place just isn’t an option right now. We’ve already had over $130,000 wiped out by cancelled events, so we need the help of our community more than ever. We know we’re not the only ones feeling the financial crunch right now – but the good news is, there are ways to support Woodford Humane without ever spending a dime. Kroger Community Rewards, for example, just enrolls your Plus Card and asks for your charity of choice, and then Kroger does all the giving. If you do have a little money to spare, every bit helps. You can make a secure donation online at woodfordhumane.org. Thanks for sticking with us in this challenging year! Someday we’ll be able to throw open our doors and welcome everyone in again – but until then, stay well, and as always, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us at manager@woodfordhumane.org or 859-873-5491.

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