A Message to our Community on the COVID-19 Virus

Dear Community,

During these days of heightened concern for community health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we extend our wishes for
safety, good health and hope to our Stray H.E.L.P. family.

Our Work Continues

Stray H.E.L.P. volunteers have continued to care for street cats throughout the pandemic. There is no evidence that cats carry or transmit the COVID-19 virus and there is little to no public contact when we are caring for street cats. We are categorized as “essential” in our community.

Like you, we have a keen concern for our beloved street cats – still desperately needing our care. As you may know, Stray H.E.L.P. volunteers feed approximately 200 cats each day in Dutchess County. We continually conduct trap/neuter/return or place efforts to prevent the exponential growth of kittens to a system that cannot support them.

Adoption is Underway

Stray H.E.L.P. has been the Adoption Center Partner of Poughkeepsie PetSmart since 2016 and we are grateful for their continued support. As a precaution, our volunteers currently staff the Adoption Center for a limited number of hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only and we cannot admit visitors. However, you can view all of our wonderful cats and kittens by clicking on Adoption/Foster above. You can complete the application to adopt there as well. We arrange meet-ups for approved adopters by appointment.

Our Need is Great

Our community resources are in a lesser position to receive more animals in need. However, kitten season is upon us and our efforts must intensify to rescue this most vulnerable group. We need your help.

Ways You Can Help

Make a donation of food (wet and dry), wee pads, litter, gas cards or money. We have updated our Amazon wish list to reflect our most urgent needs: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3W0HH085U1DTZ?ref_=wl_share

Provide a foster home for cats or kittens in need— we are finding more friendly homeless cats than ever before and they need help off the streets.

For more information, please click on How You Can Help above.

Thank you for your support!

Ann LaGoy, president, Stray H.E.L.P.

Posted in News & Advocacy.