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The pandemic has put extra pressure on many nonprofits, which really feel strain even in the better of occasions. And animal rescue teams are definitely one among these.

Saving the lives of stray canines and cats comes with a heavy burden, and the previous 12 months and a half has solely made the work more durable. But even so, those that are dedicated to the trigger have discovered methods to forge forward, simply ask Virginia Schlegel.

The govt director of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia says they’ve continued to discover loving properties for animals regardless of the additional load.

“This year we have been challenged with approximately 800 animals coming into our facility through the third quarter. However, we have also found homes for almost 800 animals,” she mentioned.

“This is due to our dedicated team of animal lovers. We anticipate many more animals coming in by the end of this year, due to the challenges the community is facing right now. These may include everything from health issues to job loss due to the pandemic and other reasons.”

This work comes at an amazing value. It takes a gradual stream of funds to make sure that the animals’ wants are met whereas they’re in the shelter, positioned at 4627 U.S. Hwy. 17 in Brunswick.

Every 12 months, the group depends upon donations from the neighborhood to preserve it going. They additionally maintain an annual fundraising gala for the trigger. For many pre-pandemic years, this event got here in the type of the Blue Jean Ball, which occurred at the house of PGA nice and St. Simons Island native Davis Love III.

The soiree was shelved due to the coronavirus in 2020, however will now return in a unique incarnation — the Fur Ball. Set to start at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at Village Creek Landing, the informal event will serve up the similar relaxed environment that attendees have at all times embraced.

The Kinchafoonee Cowboys might be the featured leisure. There may also be dancing, native meals, drinks and lots of auctions.

The Fur Ball, Schlegel says, might be a smaller, extra intimate gathering. But she hopes that they’ll see the similar degree of support as they’ve in the previous.

“This event is more important than ever to help us continue to provide the lifesaving work we do every day. We were not able to have our annual fundraiser last year due to the pandemic. The loss of revenue from that event is still being felt today,” she mentioned.

“This makes the Fur Ball critical to our efforts on behalf of the homeless animals. Because we are not a part of the Humane Society of the United States, we rely on the generosity of our community. The support we have received has been heartwarming. Many animals have been given a second chance because of our community’s dedication to our mission.”

Tickets are being offered in the type of sponsorships and could also be bought at hsscg.org/fur-ball.

For these unable to attend the event, there are nonetheless some ways to support the humane society. Volunteers are at all times wanted at the shelter with orientations being scheduled month-to-month.

They are additionally wanting to supply a brand new foster program for younger and orphaned animals.

“In addition, a local Boy Scout troop has chosen for their project this year to construct an obstacle/agility course. This will provide additional enrichment and exercise for the dogs and their handlers. Our resale store, the Big Flea, has been a major asset in providing income to help the animals. We anticipate many people will make this their holiday shopping destination,” she mentioned.

“The Big Flea has so much to offer including jewelry, accessories, handbags, and lots of holiday décor. As we have done in the past, we will be promoting Homes for the Holidays for the animals. It is so gratifying to see animals go home with loving families not just for the holidays, but forever.”