It was a very sad day for a sweet little dog from New Jersey when she lost both her owners to COVID-19. Unfortunately, the New Jersey-based canine named Che-Che was left all alone.
As the Monmouth County SPCA explained, the poor dog arrived earlier in the month at the shelter completely alone – she was “scared and shaking.”
The SPCA shared her story in a post, writing alongside a picture of Che-Che, “We can’t imagine what it’s like for a dog like her to suddenly lose everything she’s ever known and then end up in an unfamiliar place.”
The shelter revealed that when she arrived, she needed a little reassurance and love, since “we could tell a loving touch was all it took to help her feel safe.”
They also wrote that Che-Che will “receive some veterinary care, including dental, spay and vaccines plus a warm bubbly bath so that rubbery gloves and crinkly gowns are no longer needed to give her some affection!”
Following this TLC, Che-Che will be prepared for a new, forever home.
The SPCA posted, “We plan to honor the family and those they lost by finding this sweet little girl the perfect home.”
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Sadly, while the shelter is caring for Che-Che, they’re also bracing themselves as they know that there will most likely be an influx of other pets who have experienced the same kind of devastation in the face of the pandemic.
The SPCA said, “Unfortunately, Che-Che is the first of many animals that we anticipate needed a safe haven in these uncertain times. We’re asking for your support NOW so we can ensure every animal has a loving place to call home while they’re temporarily without one.”
In anticipation, the SPCA has announced the “Compassion Counts” Matching Gift Campaign – wherein, all donations raised will be put towards helping abandoned animals in need of veterinary care so that they can then be adopted.
“Thanks to a generous and anonymous donor, your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $200,000,” the SPCA said.
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At the time of writing, the campaign was over $56,000.
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the World Health Organization and the American Veterinary Medical Association, have all said that pets pose no risk of spreading COVID-19. Plus, there is plenty of scientific evidence to suggest that your pet actually extends your life by providing you with love and happiness.
At this time in our world, it is understood that adoption might not be feasible for everyone, however, fostering can be a great option and helps to alleviate the pressure that many shelters across the country are facing.
As Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society, said to PEOPLE regarding how people can help shelters and rescues, “If you don’t have a pet and are thinking about getting one, now is the perfect time to ‘try it on’ by fostering from your local shelter. Shelters and pet adoption facilities nationwide need people to foster pets on a temporary basis.”
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