Show We Care: Volunteering in a Time Of Crisis

Kate the Rescuer

As the second week of quarantine keeps us all safe and apart, our team was encouraged to engage with clients during this time. While I do not necessarily have anything beauty industry related, I wanted to share some amazingly positive news with everyone. My name is Kate and I am a stylist at the Neroli Downtown location. I live in Sheboygan, about an hour north of Milwaukee. While almost 18 years of being a full time hairstylist and makeup artist normally keeps me busy, I spend my spare time volunteering at the Humane Society of Sheboygan County

A Different Way to be “Social”

Working in such a socially connected field for this long has made social distancing quite torturous. Beauty industry professionals thrive on sharing their knowledge and skills with their guests and watching them walk the door knowing we helped make their day better. Bringing that to a screeching halt was rough. When we got the word that the shelter had to close to the public, then a few days later to volunteers as well, it all just seemed surreal. Hair and makeup are my passion but animal rescue and care has become like my purpose. 

Beauty industry professionals thrive on sharing their knowledge and skills with their clients and watching them walk the door knowing we helped make their day better. Bringing that to a screeching halt was rough.

This rings true with almost everyone in animal care/rescue. Knowing the numbers in the shelter at the time and the immense volunteer and staff teamwork it takes to care for these animals, management reached out for the community’s help. Like many shelters and rescues surrounding the Milwaukee area, we asked for anyone who unexpectedly finding themselves at home– possibly alone–to reach out if they would be able to help our animals. The response has been amazing. I am happy to say that every single one of the dogs that was able to go into a foster or forever home, did.

Success

Almost every cat kennel is also empty. Those left will get top notch care as usual. Since March 15th-30th we have placed 25 cats and 19 dogs into foster homes. In addition there were 6 dogs, 26 cats, 2 guinea pigs and 1 rabbit adopted. To think that we moved 82 animals into homes, mostly in the last week, has been so heartwarming.

When we feel as though some parts of our lives are unraveling, people step up and prove we are all in this together. Just thinking about all of the animals enjoying the warmth and peace of a couch or their very own lap to lay on, honestly makes me tear up. We know they are keeping their new friends company in return. When this is all over, we will take everything day by day.

Our senior girl Harriet in her own room looks so happy!

We all wish it didn’t take a pandemic to help our animals, but if this is our situation we will look at the bright side. Hopefully these pets will never return to the shelter and we can consider them “foster-fails”. Thank you to everyone who has donated, shared posts, shared love or opened homes to them in a time of need. Your love and compassion does not go unnoticed.

Interested in volunteering at a local shelter? Click here.

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