As pet adoptions slow for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the BC SPCA says it has hundreds of pets in its care.
Early in the pandemic, the SPCA saw a flood of interest in pet adoption.
“When a puppy was given to us, we had multiple applications – sometimes as many as 100 – within 24 hours,” the SPCA’s Lorie Chortyk said in a press release.
“People were very eager to adopt, and that interest in adoption has remained strong until now.”
Chortyk said there has been a “sharp slowdown” in adoption applications, even for puppies, which are usually very popular.
“We currently have over 1,500 animals in our care – about 700 in our shelters and the rest in volunteer foster homes,” Chortyk said.
“During the summer we always have a huge influx of kittens who need homes, but this year we also have a lot of other animals waiting for their forever homes.”
Despite the large number of animals it cares for, the SPCA said it has not seen an increase in the number of animals turned over to its centers, as other Canadian shelters have recently done.
“We haven’t seen this particular trend at our facilities, but we still have a lot of animals that come into our care daily through cruelty investigations, animal abandonment or strays that aren’t unclaimed,” Chortyk said.
“Our goal is always to find wonderful homes for these animals as quickly as possible.”
Although cats and dogs of all ages tend to be the most popular, the SPCA has many other animals as well.
“We currently have 110 rabbits available for adoption – more than double the number we had this time last year – as well as guinea pigs, hamsters and other small animals, horses and farm animals such as goats, pigs and chickens,” Chortyk said. .
“We have so many amazing animals in our care who want nothing more than to be part of a forever family.”