A pawsitive update By Alyssa Cahoon, Shelter Manager We at the shelter have some exciting new updates for our community, including a whole new look and new options for our adopters and supporters in our gift shop area. We have repainted our reception area for a fresh, welcoming new look. We have updated our gift shop to provide more options for new and returning adopters; such as carriers, litter boxes, and other needs. I would like to extend a warm thank you to Becker Pet and Garden for donating bags of litter [cat adoptions only] and $10 gift cards for all new adopters. I would also like to thank Tuffy’s Pet Food’s Inc for donating 5 lbs bags of Nutrisource pet foods for each pet adoption. It is wonderful to see the generosity of our community with helping our adopters, and our animals, settle into their new homes with style. I believe we can continue to learn and grow with our animals and community, making their transition to a new home and lives more loving. Additionally, we are proud to present new artwork of our animals designed by artists from Fargo, ND and other surrounding areas for our community in our gift shop. These works of art display previously adopted and current adoptees and can be purchased for $15 per piece. All proceeds directly support the shelter and help our animals continue to find homes. The artwork also supports these local artists; contact information can be given upon request so our community can continue to support them through personal commissions of your own pets or art. If you are a local artist and would like to support our shelter by creating artwork of our animals, please contact me at 218-847-0511 or by my email hslsheltermanager@gmail.com for more information. Thank you again for all of your dedication and support to the Humane Society of the Lakes! Lastly, as we move foward with COVID-19 procedures, we will continue to ask all supporters and adopters to comply with preventative measures. These measures include wearing a face mask at all times (in compliance with the MN governor mandatory mask order), wearing hand gloves and utilizing hand sanitizer as requested, and communicating with staff if you have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 or have potential exposure to COVID-19 symptoms within two weeks prior to entering the shelter. These measures help keep our staff and adopters safe, which continues to help our animals find new homes. We deeply appreciate donations of hand sanitizer, hand soap, disinfectant wipes, and other forms of cleaner which we will utilize within the shelter to help keep all people and animals safe. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our protective measures and COVID-19 response, please contact hslsheltermanager@gmail.com. Than you again to everyone who has continued to support us through these uncertain times. We greatly appreciate all of your time, effort, and consideration in keeping our animal residents as comfortable as possible. We would not be here without your support and are overjoyed by the generosity we have seen through donations, phone calls, letters of support, and other forms of contributions. Thank you! Adoption update April Dogs: 2 Cats: 1 Total adoptions: 3 May Dogs: 3 Cats: 10 Total adoptions: 13 June Dogs: 1 Cats: 8 Total adoptions: 9 July Dogs: 1 Cats: 4 *Total adoptions: 5 *July numbers were taken from July 1-20. Updated numbers will be given in the next newsletter edition. Additionally, please note that adoption numbers are lower than usual due to the impact the Coronavirus has had on our shelter. Our adoption partner Petsmart in Fargo, ND has resumed their adoption center starting early June! Previously, the adoption center was closed due to COVID-19 precautions. We are overjoyed to continue our Petsmart adoptions and find new homes for our cats. The adoption center will function at half the previous capacity, hosting 1-2 cats in their center at one time rather than full kennels due to COVID-19 procedures still in place. In the month of June, a total of four cats were adopted! This is a great start to our cats finding new homes with our Petsmart partners again despite COVID-19. 4

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