As people in British Columbia return to their offices for work and are able to socialize, more and more people are turning to their adopted four-legged friends to soothe the loneliness they felt during the pandemic. It’s getting less.
BC SPCA’s Lorie Chortyk said there was a sharp drop in adoption applications as a result, including for puppies that were very popular.
“We currently have more than 1,500 animals. About 700 are in shelters and the rest are in volunteer foster homes.”
“While there is always a huge influx of kittens in need of homes during the summer months, many other animals are waiting for their permanent homes this year.”
At the height of the pandemic, animal rights groups received 100 applications for a 24-hour window to care for puppies.
“People are very enthusiastic about adoption, and interest in this adoption has remained strong until now.”
One ray of hope: Many of the animals handed over today aren’t because people have changed their minds about pandemic pets. This trend is also seen in other parts of Canada.
“While we have not seen any of these specific trends at our facility, many more animals come into our care every day through cruelty investigations, animal abandonment, and unclaimed stray dogs.” said Choltic. “Our goal is to find great homes for these animals as quickly as possible.”
So far this year, 5,000 animals have been adopted through the BC SPCA. For those interested, currently transferable animals include cats and dogs, but also include 110 rabbits and other small animals. There are also horses, goats, pigs and chickens who need homes.
A complete list of adoptable animals can be found at spca.bc.ca/adopt.
“We have an incredible number of animals who just want to be part of our forever family.”
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BC SPCA sees ‘precipitous slowdown’ in adoptions after two-year surge due to pet pandemic
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