MAPS Postpones Paws for Brittany Fundraiser – How to Help During COVID-19

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MAPS Continues Adoptions, Pet Food Pantry

Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Marshfield Area Pet Shelter has postponed its 7th annual Paws for Brittany  fundraiser on May 9 due to the Safer at Home order, but there are still ways animal lovers can lend a hand.

“Our greatest need at this time is monetary donations,” said Executive Director Karen Rau. “Having to cancel or postpone our normal fundraising events means less income for medical care and supplies for our animals, as well as daily operating costs like staff wages, utilities, etc. for keeping our shelter open.”

The furry residents at the pet shelter are still available for adoption into loving homes. While the adoption center at the Marshfield Mall is currently closed, those who wish to adopt an animal can still submit an application by visiting MarshfieldPetShelter.org. Once approved, a visit will be arranged at the intake facility.

“We do ask that families limit their visitors to two people at a time, and encourage anyone that has a mask to wear it when entering the shelter,” said Rau. “We have instituted daily disinfection protocols to keep our staff and visitors safe.”

For further safety during COVID-19 restrictions, the pet shelter suspended the shifts of its volunteers. “Though we greatly appreciate all of our 60 volunteers, we have temporarily suspended their shifts to minimize traffic in the shelter,” she said.

During this challenging time, MAPS is also doing its part to help those who may struggle to afford dog and cat food by offering a free “pet food pantry” at its 210 W. 29th Street location.

“Over the years, our community has kept our dogs and cats fed and we are happy to return the favor! We are committed to helping our neighbors through this hard time for as long as we can,” said Rau. “Any donations of food to share are very much appreciated. Cat and dog food donations can be placed in our donation bin in the entryway at our intake facility. Likewise, anyone that needs food for their pets (cats and dogs only) can pick up food at any time in our entryway.”

To view adoptable animals and make a donation, visit MarshfieldPetShelter.org.

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Kaylin Speth is a Marshfield native with a bachelor's degree in English from UW-Green Bay. She enjoys highlighting the many great things happening in the community and bringing to life the untold stories. Email the team at [email protected]