GAIN holding pet food drive as it continues to adjust to the pandemic

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Alison Hadley, the executive director of GAIN (PNC file photo)

Guam Animals In Need (GAIN) is holding a pet food drive to benefit animals in need in Guam and the CNMI.

GAIN is no stranger to lending a helping hand to Guam’s animals.

GAIN was established in 1989 and has continued to carry out its mission of preventing animal cruelty and educating Guam’s public about the welfare of animals.

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Like many organizations during the pandemic, GAIN has had to adjust its way of operating due to the pandemic. The organization encourages the bonding between humans and animals, which has had to halt temporarily due to social distancing restrictions. As a result of this, GAIN’s executive director Alison Hadley stated that the pandemic has also slowed the number of animals getting adopted.

“When we went into quarantine, it changed everything. Obviously— ideally, we want people to come to the shelter to view animals, and that stopped. We were luckily able to put all the animals into foster homes so they weren’t alone during that time. But it definitely slowed everything down, adoption numbers went down. But we were still adopting animals, it was just very slow,” Hadley said.

However, GAIN has been navigating operating remotely, continuing animal drop-offs and adoptions through scheduled appointments. Hadley said that figuring out how to make services available online was one beneficial takeaway during the pandemic as it helped make adopting and other services more accessible to the public.

Apart from GAIN facing obstacles such as its shelter being at max capacity and a shortage of available foster homes, the organization is combating Guam’s and the CNMI’s dog food scarcity through a pet food drive.

“GAIN itself was running low on dry dog food, and so we did reach out to the community. But we also have really good partnerships with the dog control program which is in Tinian, as well as the government shelter in Saipan. And I know there are a couple of new organizations out in Saipan as well. So, we try to reach out when we can. GAIN kind of struggles for some level of resources in a lot of ways, but the CNMI struggles even more,” Hadley said.

She added that the turnout of donations for GAIN’s pet food drive has been extremely encouraging, with local businesses and individuals giving out of the kindness of their hearts. Hadley says that GAIN plans to hold a pet food drive in the future and is hopeful that they can continue supporting animals in need.

GAIN’s pet food drive is currently ongoing and will continue accepting puppy chow and adult dog food donations. A portion of the contributions will also be sent to benefit animals in the CNMI. GAIN is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday—from 9 AM-12 PM and from 1:30-4:30 PM. For more information, contact GAIN: @ info@guamanimals.org

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