Good morning everyone,

We’ve been enjoying taking turns writing to you each week! Like many of you, we miss going to work and we miss our coworkers - we’re very lucky to have a great team at the Humane Society. For those of us working out of the office these past few weeks, we also miss the animals terribly. 

While all of us are hoping to return to normal, we recognize that this may be our new “norm” for a little while. As a result, we have ensured that our community services are set-up to best support people and pets during this unprecedented time.  

Our latest endeavor has been to support the launch of an emergency pet food bank for Waterloo Region residents. As an initiative under the Waterloo Region Pandemic Planning Committee, the emergency pet food bank has come together as a collaboration between the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society, the KW Pet Food Bank and the Cambridge & District Humane Society.  In our first week we helped 94 pets and we look forward to helping even more in the coming weeks! Our Stratford Perth Humane Society has also launched an emergency pet food bank to support Perth County residents.  In our first week we supported 38 pets and requests for orders continue to come in.   

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please reach out to your local emergency pet food bank. The circumstances that we are all experiencing at the moment are not easy, and we want to support those who are struggling. There is no judgement or shame in accessing these services and we are thankful for the opportunity to help keep people and pets together. For location, contact details and how to access services, please visit our website. If you’d like to make a donation to support others in your community, we’d truly appreciate your support.

Our emergency boarding program is also prepared to assist those affected by the pandemic.  We recognize that some pet owners may become ill or require hospitalization, and may not have anyone to look after their pets.  Our program exists to relieve that stress, allow individuals to focus on getting better, and when ready, be reunited with their pet.  The program offers short-term housing for pets and is offered in partnership with various social agencies and emergency services in Waterloo Region and Perth County. In the last few weeks we have received five requests for emergency boarding services, with three alone received this past Monday.  We don’t know if this number will continue to rise, but we are prepared to support our communities.

Of course, none of this would be possible without your generous support.  In a time where we have had to cancel numerous fundraisers and revenue-generating programs, our communities continue to show us their love. As an organization that receives no government funding for our community programs and services, your donations and fundraising efforts provide our animals with a critical lifeline. Want to see what we have coming up next? Check out our events calendar for a fun online auction launching May 7th, and don’t forget to enter for the Cutest Quarantined Pet Contest.

Getting to send an update this week is bittersweet.  I am retiring next week after a 17 year career at the Humane Society.  It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know some of our supporters, adopters and volunteers over the years.  Please know how much of an impact you make, not only on the lives of our animals, but also those of our staff.  We are extremely passionate about our cause and you are the reason we are able to help so many animals each and every year.  My sincerest thanks.

I hope you are all staying safe and well, along with your furry loved ones!

Juana Galian
Senior Manager, Finance