Florence, South Carolina 2021-07-28 06:55:26 –
Florence, South Carolina (WBTW) – Pet adoption rates skyrocketed during a pandemic. These numbers are beginning to decline as life now slowly returns to normal and more animals are in need of home in local shelters.
The shelter said there were more than 100 animals in the facility. Most of these animals are cats and kittens, which are becoming overwhelming for shelter staff.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Jane Boswell, president of the Florence Area Humane Society, said people flocked to shelters in search of new pets. Fewer people come to shelters for adoption, as most people no longer work from home.
During last year’s pandemic, shelters saw adoption applications from other neighboring states, Boswell said.
Another reason Boswell believes the animals have reached the shelter is that some people have lost their jobs during the pandemic. Boswell added that most animals were either unable to be cared for or were found as stray dogs on the streets and were taken to shelters. Finding a foster parent was very difficult this summer.
Boswell also said he thought many could spend most of his day at home taking care of animals, but later realized he couldn’t take responsibility.
Boswell said the shelter was not understaffed, but it is important to have a full staff of workers and volunteers to ensure that all animals are happy and healthy during their stay. He added that there is.
“I find it difficult to replace someone who has left because driving through the streets of Florence and other cities often requires help and hires signs,” Boswell said.
According to Boswell, a kitten adoption event will be held this weekend on Saturday, July 31st, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Florence Area Humane Society. The adoption fee is half price.
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