COVID-19 UPDATES FROM MHS

Updated on September 4, 2020

To our community - We are committed to serving you and maintaining a safe environment for everyone as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Any updates that we send to the community will be listed on this page, with the most current information at the top. Whenever we find resource information from trusted sources, we will also post those links here.

Thank you for your support during this time, and if you have any questions please call us at 603.354.4004 or email us at adoptions@humanecommunity.org.

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September, 2020

A Message from Our Director of Shelter Operations  - Emily Kerylow

Recently, we've noticed a number of comments on social media about how people have become frustrated when they are looking for pets to adopt from MHS, and they go to our website and none are listed. We’re thrilled that people want to adopt and there has been a very high demand for pets during the pandemic. The demand is so high, that animals are put on hold as soon as they are available – sometimes within hours of being posted on our website.

Additionally, there have been fewer surrenders and strays coming to us, and so we are working hard to bring animals in via transports from other areas to keep up with the demand.  This is a complicated process made even more so by the restrictions of the COVID crisis.  We have instituted a regular schedule of animals coming in through transports, however even with a steady transport schedule, they are adopted quickly.

We promise you that as soon as pets are available, we post them on our website.   It’s hard to predict when that will happen, and we encourage everyone to check our website frequently. Our policy is to work with the first person who calls about a particular pet and determine together if it would be a good match. If not, we will work with the next caller in line. We will do everything we can to help you find your new family member!

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

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PLEASE NOTE:

MHS continues to offer pet adoptions BY APPOINTMENT.  We will have safety protocols in place for the adoption process. Our staff continues to use disinfecting/safety protocols for the building. Weather permitting, adoption introductions will be conducted outside.  We respectfully ask everyone to wear a mask when coming into the building or if your adoption is taking place outside (masks will be provided if you don’t have one).

Please check our website for pets who are available for adoption and if you are interested in meeting one of our wonderful furry friends, call 603.352.9011, ext. 101 to schedule an appointment (please see recent update from our Director of Shelter Operations above).

And, our pet food pantry will also resume ***by appointment***. Please call ahead at 603.352.9011 x101 to schedule a pick up

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A Message from Our Board Chair, Wes Wratchford

<updated September 2020>

Dear Friends of MHS,

As always, I hope you all are staying safe and are healthy.  Much has happened since my last update when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Back in March of this year, almost overnight, we all needed to carefully consider the ways in which we live, work and interact with each other as we navigated this health crisis. At MHS, we quickly adapted to a different work environment that allowed us to continue providing care for animals and how we serve our community while keeping staff, volunteers and clients protected.

You may recall that, with CDC guidelines in mind, we decided to suspend normal operations and maintain only the most critical services for animals in need of our immediate care. Additionally, it was necessary to furlough many of our valued staff members for a period of time. We knew these changes would be temporary, and as of today we’re pleased to report that all staff have returned to work.  Each of our business units are up and running, however they are getting back up to speed gradually as we maintain social distancing guidelines and safety protocols.

We continue to remain open for strays, surrenders, the Pet Food Pantry, and our Animal Safety Net program. We have noticed a definite uptick in need for these services in our community during this time, and we anticipate more instances of domestic violence, substance misuse, and long hospital stays in the near future. We continue to offer pet adoptions by appointment. We’ve seen a greater need for adoptions, and we have been working with organizations in other states to transport pets to our region to meet this need.

As we adjust to these changes, we continue to be grateful for your ongoing support and patience. If you’re wondering what you can do to assist MHS at this time, there are many ways you can help!

Please consider a monetary donation if you’re in a position to do so. We may be seeing more animals and people impacted by health or economic pressures. Every dollar counts, and we’re grateful for any help you can provide. We also encourage you to check on friends, neighbors, and family members who may be living alone with pets, especially those who may be more vulnerable to illness or require assistance, and make sure they are okay.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and everyone at MHS, I want to thank you for your continued support of our work to help animals and the people who love them. As you’re thinking of us, we’re also thinking about all of you – our staff, supporters, volunteers, neighbors and community partners - all part of our MHS Family, and encouraging you to keep your spirits high.

These are challenging times, but this health crisis will not go on forever. And, while it is a challenging time, we are learning new ways to communicate and better ways to serve you. We are confident MHS will emerge even stronger.

We will get through this together. Be safe and be well.

Sincerely,

Wes Wratchford
Board Chair – Monadnock Humane Society

 

Updates from our Executive Director, Kathy Collinsworth

 

July 28th

Kathy gives an update on what's going on at MHS - including how we're going out into the community to help with the high-population of stray cats, the success of the Animal Safety Net during the pandemic, the Training Center, Boarding/Daycare/Puppy Playschool are almost back to capacity, and our recent success with the Hair Ball @ Home online fundraiser.

June 23rd

Kathy goes to Daycare. Come along and join Kathy when she visits MHS Dog Daycare! While she’s there, she’ll give you an update on all that’s been going on at MHS for the past two weeks. There’s a lot going on!

May 8th

MHS Executive Director Kathy Collinsworth provides a weekly update with her video, shows off a couple of recently completed volunteer projects, gives a message of gratitude and hope to everyone for their support, and invites you to call or email her with your ideas, feedback, or just to say "hi."  kathyc@humanecommunity.org, 603.354.4010.

April 28th

MHS Executive Director Kathy Collinsworth takes you on a virtual tour of MHS and its new normal. Kathy provides a weekly update with her video, gives a message of gratitude to everyone for their support, and invites you to call or email her with your ideas, feedback, or just to say "hi."  kathyc@humanecommunity.org, 603.354.4010.

April 17th

The critical work of Monadnock Humane Society is continuing in order to ensure the care and health of animals and to support our area pet owners and communities.  Kathy provides a weekly update with her video, gives a message of gratitude to everyone for their support, and invites you to call or email her with your ideas, feedback, or just to say "hi."  kathyc@humanecommunity.org, 603.354.4010.

 

April 9th

MHS Executive Director Kathy Collinsworth discusses how MHS continues to support you and our community by focusing on critical services, such as the Animal Safety Net, the Pet Food Pantry, strays/surrenders, and emergency medical services.

 

FAQS  

 

Can I adopt a pet?

MHS is offering pet adoptions BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  The Adoption Center will remain closed to the public. We will have safety protocols in place for the adoption process. Our staff will be stepping up disinfecting protocols for the building. Weather permitting, adoption introductions will be conducted outside.  We respectfully ask everyone to wear a mask when coming into the building or if your adoption is taking place outside (masks will be provided if you don’t have one).

Please check our website for pets who are available for adoption and if you are interested in meeting one of our wonderful furry friends, call 603.352.9011, ext. 101 to schedule an appointment.

 

How can I help?

Right now, our biggest need is for monetary assistance. We hope you will consider a donation to MHS. We need your support more than ever! Your gift of any amount helps us provide life-saving services to our community - especially now. Donate now on our secure website , simply text DonatetoMHS to 44321 or use venmo - @monadnockhumane-society.  If you prefer to mail a check, please see the address listed below.

Donate Now:

  • Donate online
  • Text DonatetoMHS to 44321
  • Venmo - @monadnockhumane-society
  • Mail a check to : Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446

Create your own MHS Facebook Fundraiser in honor of your birthday, a special pet, person or any event. It's easy! Share it with family, friends, and colleagues - and reach your goal! Click here and select Monadnock Humane Society to get started today. Not only will you help us with donations, but you are getting the word out about MHS!

Follow Us on Social Media:

We’re keeping everyone up to date on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. And, it’s really helpful to us if you share our posts and encourage friends to follow us too! 

Do you need any pet food donations, sheets, towels, etc.?

Thanks to our amazingly supportive community, we have all the pet food we need right now. We’ll keep everyone posted on social media when we start to get low in supply.

We are accepting and need towels, sheets, and comforters. They can be dropped off in the donation bins to the left of the main entrance. Thank you!

 

When do we think MHS will reopen?

MHS management and our Board of Directors are keeping a close eye on the safety trends and government orders to stay at home. We will keep the community informed about reopening as soon as we know it is safe for our staff, volunteers, and everyone in our community. For the most current updates, please check our social media pages, or sign up for our email newsletters and alerts.

 

What should I do if I find a stray animal?

If you find a stray animal, please call MHS to let us know when you can bring it in to us, or call the local authorities in your town so they may bring it to us.

 

What is happening with MHS Boarding/Daycare? MHS Dog Training?

We are happy to announce that our Boarding/Daycare/Puppy Play School programs are open again! Please contact Linda Thompson at 603.354.4005 to schedule an appointment for your pet!

The MHS Training Center is open for business offering small-group training classes and private lesson spots to take place at the MHS Training Center.  Private lessons will be scheduled for Basic Training (all ages), Rally, Agility, Competition Obedience and other dog-training needs.  Lessons are $60/hour and are scheduled by appointment.  We are still settling on which days and times are available.  Please email Rachel:  training@humanecommunity.org FMI.

 

How do I prepare for my pet if I need to be hospitalized?

The coronavirus is at the forefront of our lives, changing how we think about preparedness in times of emergency. Our community is not only worried about themselves and family members, but also the animals they love and care for who are such an important part of that family. Animals provide comfort to their people during this time of isolation, and it is important to make sure that there are plans in place for them in times of emergency. Click here for an article written by Ashley Okola, MHS Assistant Shelter Manager.

 

I need to go into the hospital, and I have not been able to find someone to care for my pet(s). What do I do?

Please contact us via phone us at 603.354.4004 or email as soon as you know you need to be hospitalized. We will arrange for foster care for your pet.