Animal shelters in California and New York have been hit hard by the shelter in place laws now in effect in both states. The coronavirus outbreak has forced states to close non-essential businesses and many shelters now have a small number of workers on site.
Many shelters have temporarily stopped adoption programs, yet thousands of animals are being brought into shelters. According to Karalyn Aronow, Vice President of Operations at the East Bay SPCA in California, shelters are suffering. The staff has been cut 75% in some places.
Aranow told the NY Post, ” There is certainly concern because there’s a backlog of shelter animals. Animals are coming in and not getting adopted.” Some parts of California shut down adoption programs during the coronavirus shelter in place orders.
In New York, in order to implement social distancing requirements, only interested adopters or people that are surrendering pets are allowed in animal shelter buildings.
Shelters are trying to use the internet to interview potential people interested in adoption or to help place animals. Shelters are considered “essential” businesses during quarantine so if you’re interetsed in adopting an animal, please consider it.
Read more about this in One Green Planet, check out how the virus is leading to an increase in available shelter pets. Check out these adoption stories if you need a little convincing:
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Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.
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