If you were looking for a silver lining to this epidemic, here it is: dog's lives are being saved at never-before-seen rates.
NY POST - The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a spike in pet adoptions. In New York City and Los Angeles, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said applications to foster dogs and cats are up 200 percent.
PetPoint, a software program shared by some 1,200 shelters nationwide, reported that fostering and adoptions are up 700 percent over last year.
700 percent! A couple of days ago Carl said Chicago's Animal Care and Control ran out of dogs for the first time EVER! Earlier this month the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation started saving dogs from local kill shelters in order to fulfill the crazy amount of adoption demands they're receiving.
“We never could have imagined a surge in adoptions and foster applications like we’ve seen since the outbreak,” says Lost Dog and Cat co-founder Pam McAlwee. “As each day in March became more dismal and terrifying, we began to see an increase in people wanting to adopt a new family pet.”
And now The Riverside County Animal Shelter has also completely cleared out!
Thousands of dogs have been saved since this quarantine started and it warms my heart to know so many good boys and girls are finally getting the love they deserve. (I'd say maybe a little too much love due to isolation, but there's no such thing when it comes to pups - that's why they're the greatest!)
So if you've always wanted a dog but didn't have the time to help him/her get adjusted to their new home, I would highly encourage you to start looking - there has literally been no time like the present. Check out your local shelters or animal rescue foundations, and if you're in the NYC area, Social Tees Animal Rescue is the shit and still has dogs of all shapes and sizes available for adoption!
I personally can't imagine being in isolation without Eli by my side so I can pretty much guarantee you need him as much as he needs you. Maybe more.