NEW JERSEY — One of the positive outcomes of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has been the increase in the number of pets adoptions. Pre-pandemic, at the beginning of March 2020, the pet adoption rate was at 58 percent. Recently, the pet adoption rate is up to 85 percent.
As the desire to add a pet to families, animal shelters and adoption centers had to make adjustments to accommodate the adoption process during pandemic. Some ways included digital applications and virtual meetings, virtual adoption events, or even pre-scheduled interviews.
The Hamilton Township Animal Shelter & Adoption Center regularly updates its Facebook page with animals looking for their fur-ever homes. Last year, the Animal Shelter & Adoption Center had 192 pets adopted out of their 376 pets.
Why has there been such a high demand for pets?
Many people who have put off adopting a pet have chosen to use this time to bring a furry friend into their home. This has been largely due to their being forced to stay at home, in some cases, without the company of family and friends. They now have the time to devote to training and caring for a pet.
For some, welcoming a pet into the home has helped to release the stress and anxiety brought by unemployment, loneliness, illness, and death caused by the pandemic. A pet has mental health benefits as it gives them something else to focus on.
As the number of pet adoptions has increased, animal shelters and adoption centers have found that their supply of animals is limited. So it’s important to make sure that the person who is adopting the pet is truly committed to being a pet parent.
If you are thinking about adopting a furry friend, consider a few factors. First, you must be flexible since the supply is limited and the process for adoption will most likely be handled differently. Also, you must ask questions if you have any concerns or doubts. In addition, remember that adoption will not only be an adjustment for you but will also be an adjustment for your new pet. It can take the pet two or three weeks to get acclimated to its new environment so be patient.
Finally, if a pet is not available for you to adopt, consider fostering one or volunteering your time at your local shelter or adoption center.
Check out the local Burlington County Animal Shelter and the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter and Adoption Center to bring a new member of the family home.
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