Being on lockdown is tough for everyone, but humans aren’t the only ones affected. Animal shelters around the world are in serious help. In some places, like Lebanon, they are overwhelmed by the amount of people abandoning or surrendering their pets. In most places, they are continuing to take in animals but aren’t able to hold adoption events. Volunteers can’t even come in and spend time with the animals as usual because we have to strictly practice social distancing.
This makes it difficult for the staff at animal shelters to continue their difficult work. However, one shelter in South Africa has an extremely dedicated staff who is going above and beyond to care for their animals during this time.
Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre is a shelter in South Africa with dozens of dogs, cats and horses. The animals cannot be left alone during this crisis as they still need to be walked, exercised, fed and cared for. They were worried about not being able to travel to the animals during the lockdown, so five staff members “decided to move into the shelter to prevent the animals being abandoned.”
They are not able to visit their families or leave the shelter unless shopping for groceries, but say they are driven by their love for the animals!
It’s clear they are in this line of work because they are truly passionate about it and definitely care about the animals. It’s an amazing act of kindness that the animals would surely appreciate if they understood the severity of the situation.
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