COVID -19 Impact to Fort Defiance Humane Society:
The obvious impact to most non-profits is public donations are down. Public donations are always low the first and second quarters of any year. However, in our case for Q1 2020, we are showing a 38% decrease in public donations compared to the same time period in 2019.
In Q1 2020 we began doing in-house public low-cost spays/neuters. Due to recommendations from the ASPCA and government requirements, we have postponed all public services. Those services were another revenue stream for FDHS.
Another impact is on our adoptions. While we are able to still maintain adoptions of the animals we have in our care, we are not getting in as many animals to adopt out. This is because we contract with Defiance County and the Dog Warden to house all dogs they bring in. Due to the pandemic situation, the Dog Warden’s office is not picking up dogs running at large at this time. All of this has forced us to reduce hours of our employees and reduce as many other operating expenses as possible.
Most importantly, the outcomes of this pandemic will drastically reduce or even eliminate our ability to hold planned fundraisers this year. In particular, our annual big fundraiser in November that provides 25% of our revenue annually.
Join us this week as we try to at least $1,000 that could possibly be matched by GoFundMe. If just a tiny portion of our Facebook followers gave $1-$5 we could reach this very easily! Thank you for your continued support so we can continue our mission to:
- Rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abused, neglected, or unwanted animals
- Develop and administer programs designed to educate the community on responsible pet ownership
- Aggressively control animal abuse and overpopulation.