America’s Animal Shelters Are Running Out of Dogs to Adopt

One shortage we can actually be happy about

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Bad times for humans = great times for dogs.
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By Carl Caminetti / March 26, 2020 7:31 am

Things aren’t looking great for the rest of us, but dogs are thriving right now. With quarantined owners home round-the-clock to lavish them with attention, every dog is having its day, including the many newly adopted pups who have recently found a home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York City area is currently seeing a major “run on pets,” with quarantined individuals adopting new furry friends to help combat the loneliness and anxiety of these strange times, Bloomberg reported. According to the outlet, Muddy Paws Rescue and Best Friends Animal Society are reporting a tenfold increase in applications over the past two weeks, with shelters either dwindling or emptied of cats and dogs.

Of all the things the city is running low on right now — toilet paper, condoms, the will to live — an adoptive dog shortage is a bit of a silver lining. “For the moment we definitely don’t have any dogs left to match,” said Anna Lai, the marketing director at Muddy Paws. “Which is a great problem to have.”

New York isn’t the only city seeing a surge in pet adoptions. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported a 70-percent increase in animals going into foster care, while Best Friends said many of the shelters it partners with across the U.S. have seen a similar surge in adoptions.

“We’re seeing people show up in droves to foster,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends. “We have seen the American public come together like we have never seen before.”

Oh to be a dog in a pandemic.

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