The Portage Animal Protective League, forced to cancel in-person fundraisers, is turning to the internet to raise money for animals in need.
Paws for the Holidays kicks off Saturday and continues through Nov. 14. Details, including a link to the online auction, will be posted on the animal welfare agency’s website and Facebook page.
Chalan Lowry, executive director of the APL, said the agency was forced to cancel Paws to Taste, a large annual fundraiser which helps offset costs of caring for animals. Because of COVID-19, the APL has been reaching out online, including a Bingo fundraiser and a separate auction that took place this spring.
The auction is expected to include numerous items, including gift baskets, pet items and artwork. Images of the donated items are being teased on the Facebook page.
People can bid on the items as many times as they want, and don’t have to pay unless they win the bid. If a person is outbid, they can be notified by text to increase their bid.
The APL uses the donations to care for the animals in its care. More animals have been surrendered to the shelter because of people losing their jobs, she acknowledged. However, pet adoptions also are on the rise because of the pandemic.
“With people in their homes more, they need a companion,” she said.
Many others are making donations, she said.
“As usual, the community is wonderful and supports us in many wonderful ways.”
Tasha, a small mixed breed dog, was surrendered to the APL earlier this summer. Tasha, she said, had painful matting, ear infections, mammary tumors, overgrown nails and dry eyes.
“You could barely tell she was a dog when she came to us,” Lowry said.
Tasha is now in the care of an APL foster home. The family wants to adopt her, Lowry said, but that is on hold until her medical problems are treated.
Anybody who wants to make a donation can call the shelter, send an email or send a message through Facebook, she said.