Now that more and more people are returning to the office, is there still time for their four-legged friends?
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a noticeable increase in demand for pet adoption. Local breeders have reported an increase in requests for pets, while the Ontario SPCA has confirmed that demand has even spread to pets such as rabbits and hamsters.
Animal shelters typically report increased animal intakes after holidays like Christmas, so one might be excused for anticipating that the same could happen post-pandemic.
However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
“The SPCA and Humane Society of Ontario are not seeing a drastic increase in animal rehousing requests over our pre-pandemic numbers,” read a statement provided to Simcoe.com. “Our statistics show that we are receiving a number of requests comparable to that of 2019.”
It seems like a lot of people are sticking with the companions they had during the pandemic. In fact, many still hope to give a pet a forever home.
“Interest in adoption remains high and rehousing requests have remained steady year over year,” said the Ontario SPCA.
He noted that he has seen pets being returned to some of his 12 animal shelters across the province and is working to accommodate those rehousing requests on a case-by-case basis.
“Our goal is to try to keep pets with their families and avoid unnecessary returns,” the statement continued.
Additionally, the SPCA said it is providing support to pet families who may have been economically impacted by the pandemic.
“We have a variety of community support services, including working with food banks, emergency shelters to help parents of pets who can’t return home, and spay/neuter services,” he said. he stated, directing pet families to the SPCA website for more information.