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NS SPCA suspends adoptions due to COVID-19 pandemic

Without money being generated from adoptions and 4 thrift stores, the organization is losing over $10,000 a week in revenue
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The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on operations at the Nova Scotia SPCA.

The organization has temporarily suspended adoptions in order to limit staff contact with the public.

Most of the animals have been moved into foster homes.

"So that they are getting extra one-on-one attention and being well cared for while we try to reduce the number of staff in our shelter facilities," said director of programs Heather Woodin.

A core group of essential staff remain operating the shelters.

"So any animal in need can receive the help they need," Woodin explained. "As well as the public, if they are having a hard time feeding their animals, we do have a supply of food at all of our facilities."

Anyone in that situation is asked to call and make an appointment before showing up.

Woodin said, without money being generated from adoptions and four thrift stores across the province, the organization is struggling financially.

"Every week they're closed, we're losing over $10,000 in revenue, and that revenue directly supports the operations of the shelters."

Because of the virus, the organization also isn't able to accept the donation of items right now.

Unfortunately, Woodin expects an increase in demand for SPCA services as more people get sick and need help caring for their pets.

"We just hope things can get back to normal sooner rather than later, but we anticipate it's not going to be anytime soon and that we're going to have to weather this storm for a while yet," said Woodin.

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