The Covid-19 pandemic certainly turned everyone’s world upside down, to say the least. Things were changing week by week, even day by day. Our Companions strived to continue our community programs while keeping staff, volunteers, and our animals safe and cared for. Though a few of our programs were limited or put on hold, many of our programs still offered the same great support through a satellite setting.

Throughout March, April, May, and even June, we were one of the very few places in the Tri-State area accepting, reviewing, and completing adoptions. In the month of April alone, we received double the average amount of applications than usual. Thanks to the amazing hard work of staff and volunteers working from home, we were able to find many homes even for a couple of our long-term guests. With the Program Center closed, we were unable to schedule showings and adoptions for our rehoming adoptable animals. However, with the increase of adoptions for our Sanctuary cats, we were able to invite rehoming cats to the Sanctuary and could complete their showings and adoptions in a controlled, safe setting.

For our Canine College program, Deanna, Canine College Manager, still kept in contact with emails filled with educational articles, distant learning webinars, and even client progress updates. As time went on and restrictions were being lifted, social distant group walks outside kept both the dogs and OC Head Trainers up to date with their skills. With the more recent reopening in Connecticut, certain classes have resumed, now outside with different protocols and procedures. The pandemic resulted in a completely new way operating and adapting to a new world. Still, Our Companions continues to provide the same great support and care we give to our community. For more information on our program updates, please click here.

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