‘Don't give up’ on your pandemic pet, say Utah’s overwhelmed animal shelters

‘Don't give up’ on your pandemic pet, say Utah’s overwhelmed animal shelters

‘Don’t give up’ on your pandemic pet, say Utah’s overwhelmed animal shelters.
Several Utah animal shelters are overwhelmed with pets that are being surrendered or returned.
South Salt Lake Animal Services is at capacity.
Adoptions have slowed, and dogs and cats are waiting longer than normal to get adopted.
They stay in their kennels barking or meowing waiting for their new homes.
These returns are pandemic related according to Kevin Hansen, animal control officer for South Salt Lake Animal Services.
“During COVID a lot of people came to shelters and rescued dogs,” he said.
“And now everybody’s going back to work.
Timing and care for dogs are lacking.
So people have started to return the dogs as well as just let them go.”

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Hansen said pet owners need to be patient with their animals as they reacclimate to normal schedules or try to rehome their pets before heading to the shelter.

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