Key Highlights

  • Surge in applications for animal adoptions and fostering causing an extreme shortage of dogs and cats in New York
  • Applications up nearly 10-fold within just 2-week period

Our stress levels are through the roof during these disquieting, uncertain and unprecedented times. Supplies of professional protective equipment, ventilators and hospital beds are running out or are on thin margins as are supplies of toilet paper and hand sanitizers. Additionally, our supplies of available dogs and cats to adopt and foster are running at too-low levels as well.

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In New York, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus pandemic and its shelter-in-place orders, animal shelters are running on empty. Anna Lai, the marketing director at Muddy Paws Rescue, told Bloomberg News, “For the moment we definitely don’t have any dogs left to match” with either volunteers who want to foster or potential adopting families. Lai added, “Which is a great problem to have.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has reported that its Los Angeles office has seen an increase of +70% in animals going into foster care. Best Friends Animal Society in NYC reported that the animal shelters nationwide with whom it works are almost out of dogs and cats.

This current phenomenon of having no available dogs and cats to foster or adopt may too soon turn into a huge opposite problem when many more Americans feel the reality of job and economic losses due to the pandemic.

Lisa LaFontaine, CEO of The Humane Rescue Alliance, said, “We don’t know what’s going to happen when the economic wave starts hitting…” and shelters will likely be asked to take in more animals than they can house. LaFontaine said, “We’re doing whatever we can to empty all of our shelter facilities…” in the event that animal owners and fostering volunteer who are being calmed and soothed by their animals begin surrendering them.

So far anyway, new animal adopting families and individuals are saying that it’s been a good time to have a dog/cat settling in with them and that “…It’s been a blast for us so far – we’ve been thrilled to have her.” Hopefully, that settled in dog and/or cat will remain settled when times become even more difficult than it already is.


Thanks to BloombergNews’ Bailey Lipschultz and David R. Baker.

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