Community working to support pet owners during pandemic

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- Every day people are being affected by the coronavirus in different ways. Some having a harder time than others. Because of the uncertainty, some people are facing hard decisions like letting go of their furry friends.

Those fluffy companions might bring some comfort to those living through the coronavirus pandemic. But some people aren’t being comforted instead they’re having to make hard decisions.

Like what happened to Diesel, a pup left outside It Takes a Village.

“It was our vet day. So I had pulled up, it was about 6:30, 6:45 that morning, I pulled up to the rescue center and I see a little puppy on the corner,” Tangila Ashby says.

Tangila Ashby , It Takes a Village executive director, says she thought someone was with him.

“That was probably one of the dogs I was going to go to the vet that morning and then I just didn’t see the fosters sitting on the bench beside him,” Ashby explains.

But when she got over to him, she realized someone had left him. Ashby says she knows during these tough times, some people might feel like there are no other options.

“If we can help we will. Right now we’re struggling too we can’t help everybody.”

ITV does offer dog food for people who are in need.

“We’re out delivering some food but we also are setting food out on our table outside of the rescue for people that need to come by and grab a bag,” Ashby says.

And they aren’t alone. People at the Vanderburgh Humane Society say they are also trying to figure out a way that they can be helpful to pet owners during this hard time. The VHS also says it’s important to remember, dumping an animal is illegal.

And Ashby says letting someone know you need a hand is important.

“Just reach out. Reach out to everyone, anyone that you can to see if they can help.”

Information on pets and the coronavirus here.

You can contact It Takes A Village at info@itvrescue.org.

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(This story was originally published on April 11, 2020)

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