COVID-19 UPDATES FROM MHS

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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PLEASE NOTE:

MHS is pleased to announce that we will begin offering pet adoptions BY APPOINTMENT on Monday, June 1st.  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.

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

Dear Friends of MHS,

I first want to say that I hope all of you are remaining safe and healthy. As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation evolves, we’ve all had to carefully consider the ways in which we live, work and interact with each other. The reality of this health crisis has meant that MHS must also adapt to a different work environment so that we can continue providing care for animals and serving our community in a way that fulfills our mission while keeping our staff, volunteers and clients protected.

I want to share with you some of the changes that we have put into place during this time. With CDC guidelines in mind, we recently made a decision 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. These changes are, of course, temporary. We’re looking forward to all of our staff returning and, again, offering our usual services to our community just as soon as it’s safe to do so.

We know many of you have relied on our services and built strong relationships with our staff, whether through Boarding and Daycare, Training, Spay/Neuter Clinics, and more, and we look forward to returning customers who have supported our work in many ways. We will remain open for strays, surrenders, the Pet Food Pantry, and our Animal Safety Net program as, sadly, our community may continue to see instances of domestic violence, substance misuse, and long hospital stays in the near future.

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. 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

 

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 pleased to announce that we will begin offering pet adoptions BY APPOINTMENT on Monday, June 1st.  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 or simply text DonatetoMHS to 44321.

Donate Now:

Do a Facebook Fundraiser:

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! 

Foster a Homeless Pet:

As the COVID crisis continues, and people need to be hospitalized, we anticipate more emergency boarding, strays, and surrender needs. Please consider fostering someone’s precious animal companion while they recover, or help the homeless animals who are waiting to be comfortable until we reopen.

We need foster families who live in the Monadnock Region. Foster parents provide temporary care and housing for animals who are not ready to be adopted. This is especially important as we navigate the COVID situation and we have less staff. If you are interested in a rewarding experience caring for a homeless pet, contact us for more information via email or visit our website.

Ready to get started now? Fill out the form and send it to us via email.

 

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.

Due to health/safety concerns, we are not accepting any towels, sheets, blankets, etc.

 

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 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 will be offering a small number of 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.

 

What should I do if I see a stray dog?

The American Pets Alive!'s newest blog provides a step-by-step guide for those community members who have found a dog and want to make sure they are safe from harm. Learn more!

 

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.