Will more pets be abandoned now that lockdowns are ending in America

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Snowball is among the Humane Society of Somerset County animals in need of a home. According to Nancy Dantzig, shelter manager, the longtime owners of the 8-year-old dog accepted jobs that required travel and extensive time away from home. They opted to surrender Snowball to the shelter for a legitimate reason. […]

Snowball is among the Humane Society of Somerset County animals in need of a home.

According to Nancy Dantzig, shelter manager, the longtime owners of the 8-year-old dog accepted jobs that required travel and extensive time away from home. They opted to surrender Snowball to the shelter for a legitimate reason.

But as pandemic-related restrictions begin to ease across the country, some are concerned that pet owners may be neglecting or abandoning animals adopted at the height of the pandemic when they were laid off, lonely or bored. 

Nancy Dantzig, shelter manager for the Humane Society of Somerset County, pets 8-year-old Snowball on the humane society's property in Somerset Township.

“We definitely have seen an increase in strays,” Dantzig said. “And that may be the reason.”

At the Humane Society of Cambria County, Executive Director Jessica Vamos believes a growing number of people are looking to re-home their pets.

“I don’t think it’s just a concern,” Vamos said. “I think it’s a reality.”

“I did feel like there was an eagerness out there to adopt and add a new pet to the family (amid COVID-related lockdowns).”

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