Right now, people around the world are facing scary times and are required to practice self-isolation and social distancing due to coronavirus. Animal shelters and rescue centers are encouraging people to use this time to foster or adopt a pet. It will reduce stress levels and increase happiness as well as help out shelters during these rough economic times. With people not able to touch or socialize in person, it means no volunteers and less help for the animals.

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, a center in Austin, and many more are asking people to adopt a companion to quarantine with. We’re also worried and on edge during these times, and shelter workers and animals are no exception. The coronavirus outbreak could very well lead to an increase in euthanasia for shelter dogs.

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Voices for Shelter Animals told The Independent that “With much of the city observing social distancing and staff being forced to stay home, fewer dogs will be successfully adopted in the coming months, which will mean more will have to be put down.”

Adoption events have to be canceled since people cannot gather in groups of 10 or more people. Spokesperson for the Animal Care Centres of New York Katy Hansen told The Independent, “We are trying everything we can to ensure there is no increase in euthanasia. But, we can’t do it without the help of the community. Even with appropriate social distancing, 2,000 New Yorkers have signed up to be a foster for a pet while they work from home [since the outbreak began].”

You can do the same. You can try to arrange a contact-free pick up or visit of some sort. It’s important to find a way for the sake of the animals.

Maybe some of these amazing adoption stories will help convince you:

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