Rīga animal shelter faces uncertain future

The crisis brought on by the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has also hit the Ulubele animal shelter, which is in desperate need of financing in order to continue operations, according to shelter manager Ilze Džonsone.

The shelter contains 500 animals in total. 200 of them can be taken care of through income from services offered to the municipality, but the other 300 are cared for through donations. Due to the crisis it's also more difficult to apply for European Union funds.

“In Ulubele we don't put animals to sleep after the 14 days mandated by the law. We continue to support, care for them until they're chosen for adoption. Of course it's a big challenge as supporting each animal costs two euros a day,” said Džonsone.

Since the beginning of the crisis situation the shelter has also been seeing less donations. “I really don't know how we're going to survive going forward,” said the manager. On the plus side, adoptions haven't stopped during the pandemic. “Many make the positive decision regarding the entry of a new family member – dog or cat – into their home,” continued Džonsone.

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