As concerns over the coronavirus continue to grow, many places are considering closing to minimize the spread of the virus. For some businesses it’s not much of an inconvenience, as people can work from home — but what about animal shelters? Shelters rely on employees and volunteers, and they’ll need a lot of help caring for animals if they’re unable to come to work.
So, how can you help?
The biggest thing you can do right now to help the animals in your community is offer to foster for your local shelter or rescue. As the virus spreads, most people aren’t jumping to make a new lifelong commitment, which means that adoptions are probably going to go down while the number of animals in shelters and rescues will continue to increase. Shelters are going to be swamped, so if you’re able, offering to foster for the next several weeks is such a huge and important way to help.