The pandemic has had a mental and physical impact on many people. Although they are not a cure, pets can help people cope.
But how do you safely adopt an animal in the age of COVID? Online, of course.
Broward’s Animal Care and Adoption has started using a new “virtual shelter,” which allows people to view detailed information about dogs and cats in the county adoption center.
“We are very happy to present our virtual shelter,” said Emily Wood, director of the agency. “The more information an adopter has about a dog or cat, the more confident they will feel in their selection. Our goal is to make sure that every animal we care for finds a permanent home. “
The virtual service allows potential owners to view an animal’s age, weight and breed, as well as medical and behavioral information. It will also provide detailed information on animals at risk requiring special care.
After you find a pet for adoption, you will need to complete a Dog or Cat Adoption Application and email it to Broward Animal Care and Adoption at [email protected]
Once the request is accepted, you will be contacted to make an appointment to see the animal and finalize the adoption.
Adoptions include spay and neuter, Broward pet registration tag, microchip, and vaccinations.
Miami-Dade County uses a similar system for online adoption on its website. People can search all dogs and cats in the Miami-Dade County Animal Services System. While people can search online, they must go to the animal shelter to finalize an adoption.