Pet Owners in Difficult Times Receive Relief


December 1st, 2020

Pet food pantry. Photo by Gabriel Escalera, KVNO

OMAHA – During the pandemic, some people have changed or developed their behaviors. Some people chose to adopt a pet. Although the process of adopting pets is a little slower than normal right now, people are still seeking to fill gaps of affection left by the lack of socialization.

I think there are a lot of people out there that are really lonely and that are craving some type of touch or some type of connection, Wiesz says.

Pam Wiesz, VP of Public Relations and Marketing for the Humane Society, has worked with them for over 18 years. She believes that pets who found a new home in the past few months will not return to the shelter.

It’s always something that we take into account when we are doing adoptions. We hope that doesn’t happen. I think that by the time the pandemic is under control, I believe that people will have really bonded with these pets and probably the majority will not want to bring them back, Wiesz says.

One way the Humane Society is helping pet owners is with a pet food pantry, where people can come to look for food options. This Pet Food Pantry is open every Friday from 2 to 4 in the Humane Society’s parking lot and it is made possible through donations.

Cerita Gians had a heart attack recently. She is disabled, and due to her physical condition it makes it tough for her to get out. She is the first one in line at the pet food pantry and needs food for three dogs.

I’m having a hard time and I needed dog food. One is 16, one is about four years old and the other one is about three, Gains says.

This is her second time visiting the pet food pantry, and she will keep coming back while she needs it, and while contributors keep filling up the pantry.

Under safety measures, the shelter has been able to operate under the pandemic. It always maintains a high level of disinfection, which has helped to continue with its daily functions.

Initially, we were worried that we might have to shut down and shelter in place. We didn’t have to do that in Nebraska, but if we had to do that then we wouldn’t been able to get any animals out, Wiesz says.

The Humane Society continues to provide adoptions for people who need companionship and pet food for those who have difficulty keeping their pets on a good diet.

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