In some positive news, hundreds of new pets have been adopted amongst the coronavirus crisis.
In just one example in England, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home say they have seen massive increases in their rehoming figures since the virus was declared a pandemic.
In the last week (March 16th-22nd), more than 150 animals were adopted from Battersea alone – that’s 86 dogs and 69 cats.
Which is more than double the amount of animals who found their forever homes this same week last year, which was 42 dogs and 29 cats adopted from Battersea shelter.
Battersea’s Head of Operations, Rob Young, said:
“It is not surprising that people in self-isolation are seeking companionship. As many people are preparing to spend a significant amount of time at home over the coming weeks, it is only expected that some may be thinking about the companionship a pet could offer.”
“People are now having some more time to settle pets into their home, and are looking to do some good by rescuing animals who are waiting for their own home.”
“We want to thank all these new owners for thinking of rescue pets at such a challenging time. All three of our Battersea centres are now closed to the public, but many of our animals are now in loving homes or out on temporary foster with our staff and volunteers.”
“Battersea are still caring for around 100 animals at our three centres and working hard to ensure each and every dog and cat continues to get the treatment, care, love, play and interaction they need”
‘Those wishing to re-home a dog or cat are welcome to fill out a rehoming application on our website and, as soon as we’re able, we’ll be reopening and working to continue finding new homes for our wonderful animals.
‘In the meantime, if you’d like to support Battersea, please consider making a donation towards the care of our dogs and cats by visiting the website.
The best part? Potential owners can still register to re-home animals as soon as the centres re-open officially.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home are looking for donations to continue to help care of the dogs and cats at the shelter.
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