While the nationwide pandemic continues to impact businesses, healthcare, and family life, let’s not forget about the pets that are also affected. In New Jersey, a small dog named Che-Che is one of many animals that have recently lost their homes because of the virus. Both of Che-Che’s owners died of coronavirus, and now the scared pup is desperate for a new family.
When Che-Che arrived at Monmouth County SPCA, rescuers say she was scared and shaking. She couldn’t understand why her life had suddenly turned upside down. Her family was gone, and she was in an unfamiliar place with people she had never met.
The shelter said on Facebook,
“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.”
While she was obviously terrified, it turned out Che-Che was desperate for comfort. Outfitted with PPE, shelter staff doted on the little dog. That little bit of love did the trick and helped the scared dog feel safe for the first time in days. Even from behind a mask, it was clear to rescuers that all Che-Che needed was someone to show her that it was all going to be okay.
Now that she’s settled into the shelter, Che-Che is just about ready to find a new family. Shelter staff provided veterinary care including dental work, vaccines, and a spay surgery. They also treated the curly-haired dog to a bubble bath so they could love on her without the precaution of protection equipment.
Despite their limited staff, Monmouth County SPCA is currently accepting adoption applications for Che-Che and all the other animals in their care. Che-Che is looking for a home with no children or other pets. She might be a little shy at first, but she’s a loving girl ready to make a home with a new family.
All applications for Che-Che’s adoption are being reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shelter staff is optimistic that they’ll find this deserving dog the perfect family to help her recover from her stressful ordeal. COVID-19 cost Che-Che her old life, but rescuers won’t let the virus win.
Help Animals In Need
Unfortunately, Che-Che is only one example of how the global pandemic is affecting pets. While we continue to support the families of those affected, animal advocates don’t want dogs to fall through the cracks. To help fight this battle, Monmouth County SPCA is currently hosting a campaign to help support pets during this uncertain time.
The “Compassion Counts” Matching Gift Campaign is raising money to ensure that shelters will have the means to support all the animals like Che-Che. A generous donor has also agreed to match all donations up to $200,000. Together, we can help keep our beloved pets safe.
Want to help pets affected by coronavirus? Click here to learn how.
All images via Facebook/Monmouth County SPCA