Animal shelters adjust to COVID19: Can you still adopt?

first_img“No longer can you come in and just peruse the animals. You have to first have an approved adoption application and then you have to set up an appointment. We are keeping track of who’s coming in, their contact information.” she says. These are small operations that rely on volunteers, and many of those volunteers are required to stay home. Along with less staff, the general public isn’t allowed to come view animals without some notice. “We have changed our processes here. We are not allowing people just in to visit,” says Broome County Humane Society Executive Director Karen Matson. Despite the changes, adoptions are continuing. “My mission right now is to make sure these animals are taken care of and we can help the community the best we can,” Matson says. “The least we can do is be prepared to provide an emergency boarding situation. Of course it’s temporary, it’s not that you’re giving up your pet to us. You’re allowing us the opportunity to provide the care your pet needs while you get the care you need to become healthy,” says Matson. “We’ve decreased our staffing here as far as volunteers. They do not report in anymore until further notice. So we’re just working with our six staff that we have on here,” says Broome County Dog Shelter Manager Kelly Conlon. “We’ve got a ton of appointments set up throughout the week now. I’m pretty sure our numbers are going to go up as far as adoptions for this month,” says Conlon. Keeping adoptions going not only helps the animals, but it keeps shelters and humane societies ready to take animals in and care for them if their owner falls ill. We all have some part to play during this stressful time, and these animal caretakers are focusing on what they can do. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Some parts of life continue on despite the pandemic, and for shelter and humane society workers this includes taking care of rescued animals. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

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Maine-Endwell recognizes seniors with cap and gown pick up party

first_imgAccording to school officials, a celebration will be held May 26 and 27 for seniors. Families will be able to make a stop at a car decorating station and students will have the opportunity to get their photos taken in front of the district’s blue and gold backdrop. They said seniors can pick up their caps, gowns, and class t-shirts by having their family members drive up and stay in their cars. Students will be divided by alphabetical order. This will be at the high school at 750 Farm to Market Rd. in Endwell at the back of the building and it will be from 9 to 11:15 a.m. and then again from 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on both days. ENDWELL (WBNG) — The Maine-Endwell school district will hold a cap and gown pick up party while social distancing this week.last_img read more

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Cuomo to sign more legislation on police reform

first_imgThe legislation includes: (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will sign more legislation Monday based on police reform. Officers must report weapon discharge with six hoursPolice departments and courts must track arrest data, including race and ethnicityRequire police officers to provide for the medical and mental health needs of any person under arrest or in custody who requires itcenter_img On Friday, Cuomo signed mandating police departments and local governments must have a plan to reinvent their strategies and programs within their community by April 1, 2021.last_img read more

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Binghamton University’s theater department to live stream ‘Macbeth’

first_imgThe performance will be live streamed through the university’s website at 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, 18, 22 and 25. You can purchase tickets to Macbeth by clicking here. Gabe Pinciotti, who plays Macbeth and is a recent graduate, says the department gave cast members the materials and technology they needed to present the play virtually. The play was was cancelled just 10 days into rehearsal.  “We all have costumes,” Pinciotti said. “They gave us clip lights to put in our rooms with colored filters. We have makeup that they gave us. We had tech weekend where we had to work through all these cues for the show.”  VESTAL (WBNG) — After being cancelled in the spring due to the pandemic, Binghamton University’s theater department will be streaming William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” live. Over the summer, the department reached out to each cast member to see if they would be willing to do the show this fall virtually. The cast holds rehearsals over Zoom.last_img read more

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