The world changed dramatically for all of us in 2020. We found solace in our furry friends, in the constant, loyal companions snuggling warmly by our sides, wagging joyful tails, and giving much-needed head boops. A loving pet makes all the difference for a senior living alone, for a child missing her friends at school, for an exhausted, stressed out healthcare worker.
When Vermont shut down on March 13th, we continued to care for animals in our community. We are as busy as we have ever been, with a special focus on keeping families together.
During the last 9 months, we have provided affordable veterinary care to hundreds of pets, including 236 diagnostic tests, dispensed medications, including 489 doses of parasite prevention, performed 597 spay/neuter surgeries, shaved matts, trimmed nails, cleaned teeth and ears, and more. We have administered 1045 vaccines for rabies and distemper, more than all of 2019, keeping pets and our community safe.
While our veterinary care keeps local animals healthy and at home, we have also rescued 46 cats and 27 dogs through transport, admitted 113 stray cats and 25 stray dogs, taken in 99 cats and 27 dogs from owners who could no longer care for them, and found new homes for 282 animals. All of this with a smaller staff working fewer hours as we strive to keep expenses down.
None of this would have been possible without your help. In an uncertain, too often unpredictable world, you have played a critical role in our success.
As the year draws to a close, we ask you to consider making a gift that will help keep a family together as our whole community continues to face historic challenges. Your gift will provide everything from simple services that safeguard a pet's health to emergency surgeries that save lives. Your gift today will get us through what could be one of the toughest winters many of us have ever known.
We are amazed and grateful for the dedication, compassion, and generosity of our supporters, who despite their own personal struggles, have unwaveringly helped us to maintain our services and keep rescuing animals. Thank you!
On behalf of everyone at the Windham County Humane Society, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.