Local Animal Rescue Temporarily Modifies Foster Pick-Up Amid COVID-19
Concerns of spreading the novel coronavirus urged a Brooklyn Park rescue and services center to change the way foster parents pick-up dogs.
On Saturday, 37 homeless dogs from southern states including Texas and Oklahoma were dropped off at Midwest Animal Resource and Services (MARS).
MARS Communications Relations Manager Camille Bates explained that foster parents were to stay inside their cars and not enter the building. Dogs will be vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered. Volunteers will then individually hand off the dog to their foster parent at their car.
“It takes a little bit longer, but we want to make sure people stay safe. Both our volunteers and the people they come in contact with,” said Bates. “There can be no less than six feet from each other.”
Bates also mentioned that MARS is juggling with significantly less volunteers due to COVID-19.
Animal shelters across the nation are temporarily closing because of the outbreak, leaving many dogs homeless.
As an effort to save some of those dogs, MARS continues to receive rescued animals weekly.
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