After hearing many stories of shelters across the country receiving returns of pets that were adopted during the start of the pandemic, News 25 reached out to a local shelter.
The Jackson County Animal Shelter has not had any returns of this nature that they are aware of. The shelter is aware of the trend and will accommodate any animals that are returned.
The shelter was adopting out plenty of pets. They were even down to only 20 at one point. Numbers have since grown to what they’re used to. As of now, the shelter has an increase of kittens since it is also kitten season.
As a whole, the number of returns is relatively low. Jackson County Animal Shelter Adoption Coordinator Maridee Mallette said, “Honestly, it’s only about a five percent return rate and that’s usually because a death in the family or they have more things like that or the animal wasn’t the right fit for the family.”
The Jackson County Animal Shelter preaches the importance of pet owner responsibility and spaying and neutering your pets.
If your pet goes missing be sure to check out your local animal shelter.