With the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people had much more free time and sought comfort, so pet adoptions reached an all-time high. But, as soon as people started returning to work and were no longer in lockdown, things changed.
In 2021, 3,564 dogs were returned by their owners to the same shelter from where their owners had originally taken them.
But, the largest problem comes from the fact that people are no longer as interested in adopting a pet. The adoptions went down by 3.7% when compared to 2020.
With many people returning to work, it was partially expected. The number of pets coming to shelters was, however, not expected. In 2021 there, are 5.9% more pets arriving in shelters than in 2020.
With those factors in mind, the situation is not sustainable. Even though there are 14,000 shelters and rescue groups across the US, they don’t have enough capacity for all the abandoned pets.
They are seriously understaffed, and they don’t have enough resources to take care of all the animals that arrive.
Since taking care of a pet can cost more than $1,000 during the first year, fostering is also an option for those not interested in adopting. You can take care of a pet for some time, and in that way, make more room in shelters.
If fostering is not an option for you, consider volunteering or donating to your local shelter. A small amount of money or a bit of your time might not make a huge difference to you, but it can mean a lot to both animals and those working at the shelter.