The COVID-19 pandemic has forced animal shelters across Southern California to close temporarily or limit the facility visitors. But, good news. They’re reporting a surge in applications from those who want to adopt or foster pets.
Riverside County Animal Services is still open. However, they’re only allowing 5 visitors in its lobby. That is fewer than 10 individuals, including staff members, can visit the adoption area. They are also reminding people to stay 6 feet apart.
Health experts have already said that humans can’t contract COVID-19 from cats and dogs. Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) hasn’t reported any confirmed COVID-19 infections in pets.
In a statement last Friday, Dr. Allan Drusys, the chief veterinarian of Riverside County, said that they have noticed many people are coming to adopt. While they cannot say directly that the pandemic is causing this, it makes sense considering that several people are at home. It seems like families are heading to the shelters to look for the perfect comfort pet.
According to Riverside County, 11 cats and 90 dogs under its care were all adopted on Tuesday.
Amy Hutto, whose spouse serves in the United States Navy abroad, won a raffle to adopt a 4-year-old Maltese dog. According to shelter authorities, 4 other families were interested in adopting this dog. Hutto mentioned that she needed some company.
Apart from adoption inquiries, the shelter is also accepting applications from those who want to foster. John Welsh, the spokesman, said that they are processing more adoptions compared to foster, but they appreciate foster parents, too.
In L.A., meanwhile, shelters are reviewing foster applications as fast as they can after getting huge interest from families wishing to provide temporary homes to pets.
The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services reported getting several responses to a callout for individuals wanting to foster pets in the agency’s care. They know that people are so anxious to help, and that they, too, are anxious to have them help.
The department had announced the need for adopters and foster volunteers, one day before Mayor Garcetti officially announced a “safer at home” order. This required L.A. people to stay in.
Animal Services said they were forced to suspend volunteering, and shut their doors temporarily. However, it’s officials continued to find injured and lost animals.
While facilities are closed during the coronavirus outbreak, those who wish to apply to foster can do the following:
- Choose 1 to 3 animals on laanimalservices.com/adopt. Write down their animal ID number.
- Submit a foster application. Then, email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wait for the agency’s call to schedule an appointment.
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