The Dumping of Pandemic Pets

Love – and responsibility. Courtesy Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

Animal shelters and rescue organizations nationwide have been experiencing a range of dramatic ups and downs over the past several years. Initially, the Covid-19 lockdown led lonely isolators to impulsively seek companionship. Dog adoption grew in popularity during the pandemic—until those adopters decided that caring for an animal was too burdensome once their day-to-day life was returned to them. (The problem is also international. Australia’s 9News recently reported that the number of dogs being surrendered in Victoria is reaching a crisis point, post-Covid.) With office workers going back to their physical places

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