FLOYD COUNTY – For more than 40 years, the Floyd County Animal Rescue League has helped Floyd County animals and their families when they need it most.
But like so many other organizations, the past year and a half has been difficult as staff have seen both needs increase and sources of donation decrease.
Kate Muss, director of the Rescue League, said donations during the COVID-19 pandemic fell by almost half. This is mainly because a lot of those dollars usually come from events like the annual gala, which had to be canceled last year and this year, and animal photos with Santa Claus, which didn’t have take place in 2020.
âSo donations have really gone down, but the need to help the animals and support the people of Floyd County has definitely increased over the past year,â Muss said.
Over the past year, the Lifesaving League has given 460 families $ 100 vouchers to help sterilize their animals, and has issued more than 350 medical vouchers valued at $ 100 for families in need. help with sudden and unexpected medical bills for their pets.
They also launched a program to help those affected by the pandemic, whether it be a job loss or other circumstances, with $ 25 gift cards to Feeders Supply “to help cover a little. the cost of feeding their animals rather than handing them over to the shelter, “Muss said.
To compound the problem, Muss said many vets were unable to perform sterilization or sterilization procedures at the start of the pandemic, due to the shortage of personal protective equipment needed in hospitals.
âSo we turned our wheels trying to fix as many animals as possible,â she said.
The Rescue League is also a major supporter of the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter, whose manager David Hall said sees between 2,500 and 3,000 cats and dogs in any given year. The Rescue League helps cover the cost of testing supplies, vaccinations, spaying and sterilized surgery, and assistance with foster care and rescue of the breed.
Community members can help give back to the Lifesaving League in a special way this weekend. The Floyd County Animal Rescue League is one of 550 organizations in southern Indiana and Louisville participating in Give Good For Louisville, an online fundraising event hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville that starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends on weekends. , with many prizes available to donors.
Other Southern Indiana organizations included are the Carnegie Center for Art and History and Hope Southern Indiana.
To donate to the Floyd County Animal Rescue League during Give Good For Louisville, visit www.floydcountyanimals.org or the host site www.GiveGoodForLouisville.org.
âWe are delighted to welcome Give for Good Louisville again – it truly unites our entire community to support the organizations that connect us and guide us towards a better future for all,â Ron Gallo, President and CEO of the Community Louisville Foundation said in a press release.
âThese organizations lift us up in difficult times and move us forward when we need change. Give for Good Louisville is the perfect opportunity to show our thanks for the work they do to make our community a better place for everyone.
Muss said she also realizes that not everyone is in a good financial position to donate money right now, but there are other ways to help. They accept aluminum cans at the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter at 215 W. Market St., New Albany.
Kroger Plus card holders can also sign up for a percentage of the funds to go to the Lifesaving League every time they shop. Buyers can also add the Floyd County Animal Rescue League to their Amazon account through Amazon Smile. Both options cost the consumer nothing to use.
âIt really helps us too and it’s an easy way to support us,â Muss said.