Fort Wayne animal shelters see numbers decline during coronavirus pandemic

Since the start of COVID-19, more pet owners are able to spend time with their families, and fewer pets are coming to shelters.

Posted: May 27, 2020 1:21 AM
Updated: May 27, 2020 10:13 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Since the start of COVID-19, more pet owners are able to spend time with their families, and fewer pets are coming to shelters.

"Typically this time of year, if we just look at our adoptions, our adoption center, we could have up to 25 dogs available for adoption, and that many cats available. We have two dogs up for adoption today, and ten cats so it has been dramatically a decrease in animals," Holly Pasquinelli, Community Relations with Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, said.

Last last year, Animal Care and Control had 1,231 for animal intake.

This year it's 688. That's from March 16 to May 15.

Pasquinelli said thankfully there is something in place to help owners so they won't have to surrender their pets.

"Before any of this happened, last August, we implemented our pet assistance and rehoming program. We were really trying to intervene. If anyone needed to surrender their animal and put them in touch with resources and keep animals in their homes. We were so happy that was in place,” she added.

Allen County SPCA is experiencing something similar. They were closed but recently reopened.

"Our intake numbers are drastically lower compared to last year. Last year, we did about 496 intakes from March 26 to May 26. This year we've only done 123. It's about 75% less and really we've only been open two and a half weeks and doing appointments only. That's caused our intake numbers to plummet," Stephanie Tippman, manager of Allen County SPCA said.

Now that the state is reopened, they're prepared for whatever as they bring their volunteer programs back.

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