PREBLE COUNTY — Preble County Humane Society has seen an uptick in applications, but a downturn in donations since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Preble County Humane Society’s Pet Center is not open to the public, but is still accepting applications for adoptable animals online. Information on those animals can be found in three locations: humanesocietypc.com, Pet Finder, or Facebook. The application for adoption can be found on humanesocietypc.com.
President Leslie Renner explained, after an application is approved, the potential owner is brought in for an appointment to meet the animal. They allow enough time in the appointment to meet other animals, in case the first one is not a good fit for the individual or family. This will hopefully allow someone to find the perfect animal for their lifestyle, according to Renner.
Renner added, the society has seen a massive increase in applications since the COVID-19 Pandemic began.
“Everybody is saying the same thing, ‘We thought now would be a good time to go ahead and get a dog, we’re going to be home for the next month, two months, end of the summer,’ whatever their situation is. We do get an uptick in the summer, in June when the kids are out of school, but at that point, then you have those people who have to go on vacation and it is not the big uptick like we’ve seen now. This is phenomenal. Unfortunately, we can’t have everyone in at the same time,” she said.
However, while it is great that more animals are being adopted out of the shelter, Renner is also reporting a decrease in donations since the COVID-19 Pandemic began.
“It’s keeping our adoptions up, but our donations have dropped off to basically nothing. We usually have about half and half, so we’re getting hurt, just not through adoptions,” she said.
There are several ways to donate to the Preble County Humane Society. Monetary donations are accepted through Facebook, humanesocietypc.com, sending a check to P.O. Box 72 or dropping it off in person. Donations of food or other items can be dropped by the front door of the Preble County Humane Society, located at 951 S. Barron Street, Eaton.
Ultimately, the Preble County Humane Society is still open for business, even if not open to the public. The animals at the shelter still need care and homes, which means the Preble County Humane Society needs the support of the community during this time, according to Renner.
“Don’t forget that we’re here! We have a lot of animals still up for adoption, check out our Pet Finder page, see if you can’t find a good companion. We still need your support and donations,” Renner said.
Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH