The Humane Society of Wayne County, 1475 County House Road, Lyons, canceled its annual Open House for Aug. 1.
This decision was based on a majority vote by the board of directors.
“Open House has been an annual favorite in our community; it’s been a tradition since the mid-1990s,” said Mark Plyter, executive director. “The decision to cancel this year’s event was incredibly difficult. Our priority remains the health and safety of our supporters and staff, as well as continuing to provide critical care for the homeless and abused pets in our community.”
Also canceled is the White Elephant Sale on Oct. 17. The annual pasta dinner on that day will be takeout only.
Plyter said he knew the news would be a great disappointment to many who look forward to these events.
“Please know we share that disappointment with you,” he said. “Unfortunately, there are too many unknowns, coupled with recommended restrictions that significantly limit our ability to put together a successful and meaningful event while guaranteeing your safety from the COVID-19 virus.
“As we look to the future, we hope you will continue your support of HSWC. With your continued assistance, we will get through this storm together. Our mission is so important and impactful to Wayne County that it must go on, even without some of our fundraising events this year. Please, be safe and stay healthy.”
Call (315) 946-3389, email humanesocietywaynecounty@verizon.net or visit hswaynepets.org for information.