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Humane Society adjusts to the pandemic | Local News

BURLINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought plenty of changes — and more than enough challenges — to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, but the organization is continuing to place cats, dogs and other small animals to those who want a furry friend.

The organization, which was founded in 1974 to provide shelter for abandoned, abused or unwanted animals, has been going through a challenging time, said Executive Director Janine Ceja.

“Like everyone, we too have been hit with this pandemic in all aspects,” she said.

The organization has limited its hours, and made its shelter available to the public on an appointment-only basis, she said. Despite the changes, adoptions have been robust, especially with the organization’s partnership with PetSmart in Burlington.

In May, of the 123 dogs and cats to come in, 76 were adopted, and many of the remaining 47 remained only because they were too young to be adopted.

In an example comparing this year with last, August 2019 had 110 of 207 animals adopted and 28 reunited with owners, and this August, 114 of 147 were adopted and 14 were reunited with owners.

All in all, Ceja said, adoptions are down about 13% compared to last year. She expected a more severe drop when the pandemic began to take hold last spring.

“I was expecting a 33 to 40 percent drop in adoptions,” she said.

COVID-19 has had an impact throughout the pet community, Ceja said.

With some veterinary clinics closing their doors or limiting hours, it’s made it a challenge to get an appointment. And with spay and neuter procedures curtailed because they were designated as non-essential, Ceja said that may lead to a glut of pets in need of adoption.

“It will be interesting to see how that affects next year,” she said.

As for this year, Ceja said people in the animal care community are working hard in a tough time.

She and Humane Society staff counsel pet owners over the phone about challenges, including behavioral problems. Staff have also worked with other Humane Society branches, even taking in animals from shelters if they’re at risk of being euthanized.

Ceja said the Humane Society is among the organizations that’s here to help people — and animals — get through the pandemic.

“We’ve been going nonstop,” she said.

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American Cancer Society Announces Drive-Thru Fundraiser At Jones Beach, Long Island’s Largest Breast Cancer Awareness Event Adjusts To Pandemic

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thursday marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The usual fundraising events, like breast cancer walks, are going to be much different this year. In fact, as CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports, one of Long Island’s biggest fundraisers has become a drive-thru event.

Breast cancer awareness is critical every year and every month, of course. But, many women have been putting off their mammograms, or even cancer treatments, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cancer doesn’t wait. So, this year, awareness and action are even more important.

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides of Long Island cancer walks, said to be the largest in the country, have been held annually in October at Jones Beach.

But, these kinds of mass gatherings, especially for cancer patients and survivors, are simply off limits during the pandemic.

RELATED STORY: Doctors Urge Women To Get Breast Screenings Now, Don’t Wait For Pandemic To End

Long Island elected officials, spokeswomen for the American Cancer Society and survivors gathered to make sure breast cancer awareness stays top of mind this month.

“I just want to thank the American Cancer Society for all the things that they’re doing, for having my back and my front in so many ways throughout my fight over the past 16 months,” said Adina Perullo, a breast cancer survivor.

The most interesting announcement: this year’s Making Strides fundraiser will be a drive-thru event.

The fully in-car, rolling pep rally at Jones Beach will be fully compliant with COVID-19 safety guidelines. But, you must make reservations online, ahead of time, for a timeslot on October 18 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LINK: CLICK HERE for more information about this year’s Making Strides event at Jones Beach.

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