* A few weeks ago, some animal lovers were worried that people would be dumping their pets at shelters. The opposite appears to be happening…
More pets are being adopted during the coronavirus outbreak, and a Chicago shelter is out of dogs for the first time ever.
Chicago Animal Care and Control Adoptable Pets shared the news on their Facebook page on Sunday.
“CACC has no dogs currently available for adoption,” the message read. “We’ve never typed those words before.”
* But not all is well…
Animal shelters across the Chicago area are facing tough financial times as some cease adoptions, call off fundraisers and plan to take on more pets from those who have lost jobs and can no longer care for them. At the same time, rescue groups have seen a surge in people stepping up to foster pets, and at least one has shifted its focus to its pet food pantry to help families and their pets amid the government-mandated shutdown during the coronavirus outbreak.
Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin has temporarily suspended all adoptions and is looking into ways to “allow adoptions on a limited basis.” In addition, all of its in-person programming has been called off. […]
The shelter currently has 200 dogs and cats in its care, many of which are in foster homes but still require veterinary care, medications, food and other supplies.
“COVID-19 has already begun to affect our ability to care for the homeless animals already in our care, let alone the animals who will come to us in need in the days and months ahead,” according to Anderson officials.