The McKamey Animal Center staff is working around the clock to ensure its doors are open to protect and serve the community. The majority of MAC’s community safety-net programs are funded by donations, fundraisers and grants and those donations and fundraisers have all but stopped. MAC has had to cancel fundraisers that account for over 40 percent of its budget.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event. MAC has been available to help, as its services are essential to the community. Everyday MAC employees feed and care for over 300 animals and they do so at personal risk to their own health and potential for exposure to the virus. The staff continues to provide medical services to the community provides safe havens to homeless animals.
The safety net programs provide care and food to families facing crisis to try and allow a family to keep their family pet and reduce shelter stress. Additionally, MAC continues to work to stop animal cruelties such as animal fighting, puppy mills, pet hoarding, and neglect. As a community partner, it offers adoption services, trap neuter return for community cats, wildlife rehab, hurricane relief to impacted areas, emergency boarding for pets of victims of domestic violence, and humane educational services.
Now more than ever, MAC is seeking community support.
Officials said they know this pandemic is going to leave more people needing help, and more pet owners looking to surrender their pets to keep their expenses down. Support can make the difference between an animal living in the shelter or staying with their family as they ride out COVID-19. Donations to the Angel Fund will allow MAC veterinary staff to continue to provide special surgeries, treat animals’ other shelters would have opted not to save, and give every animal that comes through the door a chance at adoption.
MAC is hosting a live stream adopta-athon on Friday at 9 a.m., introducing viewers on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok to its adoptable animals, and sharing stories about overcoming obstacles. It is hoping to provide some levity during a time of stress. That said, this is not something it is taking lightly. Not only do they want every animal adopted or fostered, they rely heavily on contributions and hope viewers will also give.
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