Cities hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic are running out of cats and dogs to adopt, Bloomberg reports:
Muddy Paws Rescue and Best Friends Animal Society are reporting shelters they work with are either all out of or almost out of cats and dogs after a surge in applications of as much as 10-fold in the past two weeks.
Ordered to shelter in place at home, and both a little bored and a lot anxious, New Yorkers apparently see the four-legged friends as way to calm frayed nerves. “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.”
This is good, because when the recession really hits and millions (more) are getting laid off, the shelters are going to fill up with animals people can’t afford to look after.