To all of our Home At Last supporters & animal loving friends,
It is with heavy hearts that we come to you with our news. As some, or most, of you are aware, our shelter has had an outbreak of ringworm infection. Originally, it was stated that the kennels would be closed for a few weeks while the outbreak was handled, but that licensing, food assistance and some adoptions from foster homes would continue. This is still the case, but the timeframe has been extended and we must continue to keep our kennels closed.
Not until recently was the full scope & situation recognized. The ringworm outbreak is believed to have originated sometime in June, and has continued from there, with the battle still ongoing. Our dedicated staff has been working very hard to rid the shelter of this infection, but without proper facilities, training and assistance, it keeps returning. Along with this exhausting work, a loss of key personnel at the shelter has led to a domino effect in shelter management, animal care, and overall operations, leading to a very dire, very serious situation.
At this time, Janna Hage has stepped in as the Interim Executive Director. Some of you may know that Janna was a founding member of Home At Last when its doors opened in 2000, so her assistance, knowledge and expertise in this situation is welcomed and much appreciated by all.
Along with Janna comes a team of five volunteers, some new to the animal shelter world, and some long time veterans, who are all putting their nose to the grindstone and boots on the ground to aid the Board of Directors and shelter staff in any capacity possible to get the animals healthy and the shelter back to being fully operational.
We truly have a great group fighting their hearts out for these animals!
Please bear with us during this time as resuming operations aligned with the core values and mission of Home At Last won’t happen overnight, although many, many wonderful things have occurred in just the short few days since the team came together. We remain steadfast in our beliefs that any and all who enter Home At Last are treated humanely, whether two-footed, or furry & four-footed.
We are all working diligently for our animal friends, taking every moment possible to better their lives, but we need help from our community!
At this time, we are in need of the following immediately, and will update via Facebook as soon as more needs are made known:
- Cleaning supplies (bleach, Swiffer dusters, paper towels, hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap)
- 6’ x 6’ kennel panels & gates (to borrow or have donated)
- 8’ x 8’ tarps
- Zip ties (1/4” & 12”)
- Garbage bags (13 & 32 gallon)
- Ziplock bags (gallon size)
Donations may be dropped off at the shelter during business hours. If you are able to help, please let us know & join us in fighting for our beloved animal friends who call Home At Last their home. We appreciate any and all donations!
Thank you from our furry little hearts!
The Animals, Board of Directors, Staff, & Volunteers of Home At Last Humane Society