Quarantine changed the life of dogs: Americans massively disassemble animals from shelters
A dog is an occasion for a walk. During general quarantine, pets do not just provide psychological support, now they have become a legitimate reason to go out. This is stated in the video "Voices of America".
Thanks to the dog Rambo, American Bob has a reason to go out.
“He brings so much happiness, besides I walk. He is a great friend, ”says Bob about his pet.
Those who don’t have a dog decided that quarantine is the ideal time to have a pet. Since everyone is now working from home, raising a pet and caring for it is easier.
“In New York, people usually work 12 hours a day and many don’t have a pet because they think they spend little time at home, but now things have changed,” said Katie Hansen, a volunteer at Animal Care Centers.
For homeless cats and dogs, New York is an opportunity to find a family again.
In the animal shelter, they noted that they received 25 times more applications for adoption of pets than they expected.
“On March 13, we placed an announcement that we were looking for people who wanted to take animals under temporary or permanent guardianship. We expected to receive 200 applications, and received 5 thousand. Usually about 600 animals live in our shelters, now it’s less than 50, ”says Hansen.
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Dogs are also sorted on the West Coast, one of the San Francisco (California) shelters deals with aged animals, and now it is empty.
“When quarantine began, we contacted all potential people who wanted to take animals, because we had to close the shelter. In 48 hours, we found a home for each dog, which is 86 animals, ”says Sherry Franklin, founder of the Muttville Rescue shelter.
In Washington, DC, an organization called Save City Cats and Dogs gives animals out to everyone every week. Recently, the record numbers are 23 dogs and even more cats.
“We have changed the process. Before, people came in large groups, now everyone comes for a certain time, ” Says Stephanie Lombardo, an organization volunteer.
The city cemetery provided a meeting place, cars are parked along it, and volunteers take turns bringing the animals to the new owners.
One of the new owners of the pet Marisa took with her boyfriend a dog named Pelmeshka.
“We both spend a lot of time at home and we already have one dog, so we decided to try to make another friend,” says Marisa.
Each potential host is carefully checked.
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“We always check home conditions, require three letters of recommendation, and if people have had an animal over the past 10 years, we request data from their veterinarian,” says Lombardo.
But even with this approach, volunteers admit that after quarantine some dogs will be returned to them, moreover, animals may be in shelters whose owners will no longer be able to take care of them because of the crisis.
“Now we can’t calculate how many animals will be returned to us, about half. And this is more than 300 dogs, ”says Hansen.
Shelters are ready for such a situation. Firstly, they have long waiting lists for potential pet owners, that is, volunteers will always find a new home for the dog. And, secondly, even a month or two of life in a family is better for an animal than in a shelter.
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