Every animal up for adoption at some shelters in Wisconsin, Texas, Nevada, Ohio, Iowa, and Minnesota finds a home amid coronavirus pandemic. Shelters in Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida get creative to save lives during the current crisis. And entire regions are running out of dogs and cats due to increased demand in response to pleas for assistance. Unfortunately, whether a community realizes this kind of success depends on local “shelter” managers and the officials that oversee them, with some putting animals at grave and mortal risk by closing to the public. And finally, a new study shows that Americans are not very knowledgeable when it comes to which large, national groups are effective at helping animals, believing that being well known means they are also effective. There is one exception: PETA.
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- Every animal up for adoption at a Wisconsin shelter finds a home amid coronavirus pandemic. “319 animals are snoozing on couches instead of sitting in kennels.”
- A Virginia shelter is doing “‘Virtual Meet and Greets’ for adoptable animals and their prospective homes. These include pictures and videos of the animals, as well as biographies.” Shelter staff “will accept adoption applications by email, offer adoption counseling, and set up in-person meetings between animal and future owner.”
- A New Jersey shelter also reports the public stepping up to the plate to help animals amid a coronavirus pandemic. “We have a countless number of passionate and compassionate animal lovers in this county… The animals are essentially going through their normal routines… They’re still getting exercise and getting plenty of love and socialization.”
- A shelter in Texas adopted out or fostered every single animal in its facility via curbside pick up, while in a Nevada community, “residents essentially emptied out the shelter,” too.
- A Georgia shelter “is now offering virtual adoptions, to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.” Online, “You can learn about each pets’ personality, view photos and videos of the pets, and even little quirks that make the pet unique.”
- An Ohio shelter is “cleared out after dozens of local families adopt, foster during COVID-19 pandemic.”
- The same occurred at shelters in Iowa and Minnesota.
- A shelter in Florida is offering adoption drive thru’ or delivery service to limit contact. Once you complete your application by phone or online, “Staff members will complete the adoption virtually and help schedule… [curbside] pick-ups or deliveries.”
These efforts have been so successful that entire regions are running out of dogs and cats to place in homes. Unfortunately, whether a community realizes this kind of success depends on local “shelter” managers and the officials that oversee them, following a typical pattern, with regions that embraced innovation before the current crisis merely extending it to novel circumstances and those that had not simply closing to the public, putting animals at grave and mortal risk.
And finally, a new study shows that the public is not very knowledgeable when it comes to which large, national groups are effective at helping animals. For the most part, they equate being well known with being effective. There is one exception: PETA. PETA “had the lowest average perceived impact on animal well-being and health care.”
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