Brandywine Valley SPCA helping pet owners and furry friends through Coronavirus pandemic
GEORGETOWN, Del. – 47 ABC is continuing our coverage of places that are open for business during the Coronavirus pandemic. One place that is still open is making sure all of our furry friends are taken care of throughout the crisis.
“I honestly was unsure of how it would shake out, so to see how much the community has stepped up, whether it’s fostering, adoption, all of the above, it’s really heartwarming,” Chris Farrall, Director of Operations at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Georgetown, said.
Farrall says when the Coronavirus started to tighten it’s grip on Delaware, he was concerned for the animals. But now, Farrall says the shelter has actually seen an increase in adoptions and fosters.
“You have the time to acclimate them to the home, and do some potty training stuff that, when you’re in the hustle and bustle of your normal life, that stuff falls by the wayside,” he said.
Farrall adds that, while finding a forever home is good for the animals, it can help humans through this pandemic as well.
“As we know, pets have proven to help with anxiety and some mental health issues and just companionship, so you’re not just sitting alone binge watching Netflix, you’ll have a friend with you,” he said.
But of course, at a time when pet owners are out of work or even possibly getting sick themselves, caring for a four-legged friend can be difficult. That’s where the Brandywine Valley SPCA is stepping up their efforts.
“Typically we have a pet food pantry program that we do every other Saturday at our shelter, we’re actually doing that every day now, like anybody that needs pet food can show up at any given time,” Farrall said.
And the help extends past your pet’s food bowl, as well.
“Anybody that has medical issues, we’re trying to accommodate at low cost or no charge to help them out if they need veterinary care,” Farrall said.
Because, Farrall says, in the midst of a global pandemic, caring for our furry friends is more important than ever.
“Regardless of what’s going on, there’s always going to be animals coming through our doors that need homes, if we were to shut down adoptions or say people can’t foster, animals are going to keep coming in and they’re going to need somewhere to go,” Farrall said.
Farrall says that, inside of the shelter, employees are only allowing a certain number of people inside at a time and making sure they abide by social distancing guidelines. He adds that if anyone is interested in finding their own pet, they can always call the shelter ahead of time to get more information on a certain animal and then come in to meet the animal.