SOLIDARITY “We have never seen that,” said the president and director of an animal rights association
The shelters are emptying in the United States thanks to the coronavirus pandemic , the confined to their homes adopting and welcoming animals with great enthusiasm. “We’ve never seen that,” said Kitty Block, president and director of the Humane Society of the United States, an animal rights association , partner of nearly 400 shelters across the country.
“Foster care and adoptions have exploded,” she explains, adding, “All the shelters are making the same observation. It’s amazing how many lives have been saved. ” When the coronavirus epidemic first broke out, shelters – most of which had to close due to containment orders – made calls for adoption and public response exceeded expectations, the official said.
Getting through the crisis better
Cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens have found a home, with Americans looking for pets to help them through the crisis and manage the obligation to stay at home. “We always said we wanted to take a dog but it was never the right time until recently,” says Jalene Hillery, a teacher from San Diego, California, who just adopted Mason, a pit bull from ‘a local refuge.
According to her, being at home with her husband and two young sons allowed for a smooth adoption, given that they have time to take care of the dog and help it adapt to its new environment. “We were able to connect with him, train him, and it was a lot of fun,” she says.
Unheard of in twenty-five years
Shelters from Wisconsin to North Carolina to Virginia to Colorado all report that temporary foster care placements have increased significantly. Sherri Franklin, founder of the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco, says she has never seen such a surge of solidarity from the community in twenty-five years of working in animal welfare.
“When confinement was decreed (in March), we had 86 dogs in our care, and we were able to find them all a home in 48 hours,” she says. “Adopting a dog during this period is a benefit for the dog… but even more for the human who needs a reason to get up in the morning and a connection in this world as well as something to mitigate isolation and stress, ”notes Sherri Franklin.