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‘Rescue Pets in Your Sweats’ Saturday

HAPPY HOME — Brandi Damewood, Jefferson County Humane Society community outreach manager and marketing manager, poses with Taco, left, and Michael, whom she adopted from the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. The JCHS will host a virtual adoption event on its Facebook page Saturday. -- Contributed

WINTERSVILLE — “Rescue Pets in Your Sweats” is the theme of a virtual adoption event the Jefferson County Humane Society and Jefferson County Animal Shelter are trying in hopes of attracting individuals serious about pet adoption or possibly interested in being a foster home for dogs or cats.

“This Saturday you can meet the adoptable animals of JCHS from the comfort of your home,” notes a post on the JCHS Facebook page. “Follow along as our cats and dogs check in from their foster homes.”

This will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the JCHS Facebook page, giving viewers a chance to see it live or later, too, according to Brandi Damewood, the humane society’s community outreach manager and marketing manager.

There are about 50 dogs and cats being showcased in the premiere video, which will include information on them in addition to explaining services the humane society provides, among them the pet food pantry.

The video idea was a collaborative effort, according to Damewood, who explained, “Each animal will be showcased by video as if it was a face-to-face meet ‘n greet to give them a chance to be noticed.”

Damewood said Facebook is “an amazing tool” when it comes to promoting pets available for adoption. “We have 40,000 followers, and people are good at sharing stories and things we post,” she said.

“Right now we have 42 animals in foster homes,” Damewood said. “That is the most we have ever had in our entire existence. We have really had a huge community response, and we are so thankful for that.”

“With the coronavirus, whenever the nonessential businesses had to close, we decided to take some extra precautions and get things in order just in case we would have a big influx of new animals coming in in the event that their owner becomes too ill to be able to care for their pets and then the animal would essentially end up being homeless and come to us,” Damewood said. “We scrambled to try and get as many foster homes as possible because we had a pretty full shelter.”

The virtual adoption approach is hoped to reach people actively seeking to adopt a pet, but for those “on the fence,” Damewood said the video might lure those willing to be a foster home as a way to test the waters of pet ownership.

For information, call the shelter at (740) 314-5583 during business hours.

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