Like businesses worldwide, we never could have anticipated the challenges created at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to continue business as usual, in just a matter of weeks, the shelter found itself facing the worst case scenario: a disruption in services for the animals. That’s when two donors compassionately stepped up.
Michelle Howland and Donald Sussman, longtime animal lovers and HSBC supporters, gave us the opportunity to recover some of the financial resources lost as a result of the health crisis. They pledged to match all donations up to $250,000, allowing us to double the impact of all contributions during these difficult times.
The health crisis required the shelter to make sweeping changes across all of our services and transform our day-to-day operations. Walk-ins were replaced with appointment-only adoptions. Events, an important part of our yearly fundraising, were cancelled and some have even gone virtual as social distancing has become a part of our new normal.
That’s why we’re so thankful to our community to be where we are today. Backed by the generous contribution from Michelle Howland and Donald Sussman, together with their gift our match campaign raised more than $500,000 for the animals.
In a time when many are facing challenges of their own, we’re overwhelmed by the generosity we’ve received. The outpouring of support from donors, has helped us stay afloat during this unimaginable situation.
The shelter continues to face reduced revenue as a result of the changes but thanks to you, we are able to continue our life-saving work.