Wanderer’s Rest still helping animals despite crisis

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CANASTOTA — Even in the face of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association is still finding forever homes for animals in need.

“Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association has been very aggressive since the beginning of the COVID-19 virus pandemic,” Board President Lewis Carinci said. “The Board has put into place strict safety precautions for our visitors, our staff, and our animals. We work closely with our community and want to stress that we are still here. We are still accepting applications for adoption and fostering.”

Wanderers’ Rest is the only open-admission shelter in Madison County. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Wanderers’ Rest has had to reduce staff hours due to a lack of funding. “The staff, our volunteers and the board at Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association, remain committed to ensuring every one of our animals gets the best care,” Carinci said. “We will never compromise the animals we love so much. We understand that many of our animals come to us from unfavorable situations and we will not let them suffer anymore.” Carinci said with an influx of animals coming through Wanderers’ Rest’s doors, the shelter is reaching out to the community to not help just them but all the non-for-profit organizations with items they may need to continue their work.

“Our needs consist of cleaning products, dog and cat food, litter, treats, cans and bottles but most importantly donations,” Carinci said. “Our donations during this time have trickled down to a halt, and being a not-for-profit, we rely on the everyday $5 donation to survive.”

“We are putting together a team that is reaching out to other sources to bring in more food to help those in need with an expanded food bank. We are hopeful to be able to give back and help our community continue to care for their animals during this hard time. Many people are without work and will be struggling to get the supplies they need,” Carinci added.

Those looking to help can visit the Wanderers’ Rest website at www.wanderersrest.org or its Facebook page for daily updates, who is available for adoption or foster, and how the community can help.

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