In New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported that two shelters have reported that they are out of dogs to foster thanks to a surge of applications.

Anna Lai, the marketing director at Muddy Paws, told Bloomberg, “For the moment we definitely don’t have any dogs left to match” with foster volunteers, “Which is a great problem to have.”

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Los Angeles, also under shelter in place orders, is also seeing increases in foster care applications. The city saw a 70% increase in applications and “We’re seeing people show up in droves to foster,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends.

One D.C. couple spoke about adopting a dog during this time. Tom Drescher and Becky Nolin said adopted a dog through an adoption site and brought him home. Drescher said, ” It occurred to us it would be a good time to adopt a dog because we’d have the time and bandwidth to help it settle in. It’s been a blast for us so far — we’ve been thrilled to have her.”

Our founder, Preeta Sinha, reached out to Bidawee to offer to adopt or foster an animal. She received this email in reply, “Thank you so much for your interest in our Foster Program.  Due to an overwhelming response and surge in applications, we will be temporarily closing our application at this time.  We are so incredibly grateful for your willingness to open your heart and home to a shelter pet during these challenging times and will be in touch with all of you as our needs and circumstances change. Please stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you to our foster community in the near future.”

One local shelter in New York denied the claim that the city was “running out” of animals. Katy Hansen, the spokesperson for Animal Care Centers of NYC, told HuffPost, “….we are getting animals in every day and we anticipate a surge in the coming weeks.”

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Shelters are considered “essential” businesses during quarantine so if you’re interested 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.

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