A Reason To Celebrate: Shelter Animals Find Homes Because of Pandemic
Watch as staff at two shelters break into cheers as the last of their pets is adopted.
Increased demand for adoptable pets allowed Palm Beach (FL) County Animal Care and Control to completely empty one of their three dog kennels for the first time in their history. The staff celebrated in front of the empty cages and posted the video to their Facebook page:
Riverside County Animal Services in San Jacinto, CA, was also able to empty its shelter. "We cleared the shelter! All of our adoptable animals have been adopted!" the organization said in an Instagram post accompanied by a video of workers wearing face masks and standing next to empty cages. Executive Director Julie Bank thanked the people who made it happen:
The anxiety and isolation of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders appear to be the reason why more people are bringing the comfort and companionship of a pet into their homes. Chicago Animal Care and Control posted on Facebook in early April, "CACC has no dogs currently available for adoption. We've never typed those words before." As of today they had some pets available, but the population is still the lowest in their history.
A few pets are still available for adoption at one Chicago shelter that's experiencing the lowest census in its history.Chicago Animal Care and Control/Facebook
PetPoint, a software program used by shelters nationwide, reported that fostering and adoptions are up 700 percent over last year. At the same time, the number of people surrendering their pets to shelters is down sharply.Dog breeders also report an increase in demand. In addition to craving companionship, people may also view this as a good time to adopt a pet since they're home and able to give a new animal the extra attention it needs early on. Sparkt CEO Marty Griffin said that influenced the timing of his family's adoption of their Goldendoodle Rosie last month.
Rosie took a shine to Marty right away!