First of all, thank you for those who love dogs so much and care about us as a rescue/shelter and you who have collectively adopted thousands and thousands of dogs through us. We truly appreciate all of you so very much.
We are not closing! We are working as hard and as fast as we can to expedite adoptions and get these dogs into amazing homes.
Someone sent a message asking were we telling people that we were not staying to take care of dogs left after tomorrow. It’s a funny thing about social media, sometimes messages get lost in translation and this was most assuredly the case. I so appreciate her coming to the source and asking instead of spreading that misinformation.
We are staying late tonight to accommodate people. We do not have a fostering program in place nor would we want to have people foster without an established safety net because fostering needs a support system. There are some awesome foster groups out there for those of you who are interested in taking a dog during these times I bet they would be thrilled to hear from you.
Any and all dogs who are not adopted by tomorrow at noon will be cared for as lovingly as always by our staff. Thank you for all of you who have offered to volunteer. Each shelter operates a little differently than others and ours has always been a seven day a week endeavor using a small staff of dedicated people.
We will likely have fifteen or fewer dogs left and our staff can easily handle caring for these dogs until things calm down and we open our doors for adoption. We are not bringing any additional dogs in from KY right now which is why we can do this without asking people to come and volunteer.
Our in-shelter volunteers are usually scheduled to do socialization, dog walking, and cleaning. With all that is going on our board made the decision to work without volunteers at this time because the staff will be able to handle the work with such a small number of dogs left. We are still hoping they all go to their new homes by tomorrow!!!
Thank you to those who have cared enough for NEW PAWSibilities and our dogs to take the time to send us information about what is considered essential, what other rescues and shelters here in Oshkosh, the state of Wisconsin, and around the country are doing. We are aware of what is going on, have had board and attorney discussions, and have come to the conclusion that the best thing we can do at this time is to find homes for as many dogs as possible, which has always been our mission, to care for the few dogs we will have on hand at noon tomorrow, and to encourage people to stay at home unless they are an essential part of the puzzle of what’s going on.
I can’t tell you how much this community means to me, a newcomer to Oshkosh and Wisconsin. Without my Coconut I truly can say I could not be worried about Covid-19 because I would not be alive. I am 100% sure of that fact. Coconut, and by extension NEW PAWSibilities saved my life. Being able to do meaningful work in my new hometown and seeing the joy and happiness we have been able to bring to so many has truly given me a new life. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart and I know that Jim, Chance, Drew, Candi, and all of our wonderful volunteers and board members feel exactly the same.
As soon as we have updates we’ll let you know. If we all do our part this will be a small blip and we can bring in more dogs soon.