There is a lot of news surrounding the current global pandemic because, well, it’s a pandemic. Most of what we hear is usually negative and sad, again, because it’s a global pandemic. But still, there are some happy stories to come out of the darkness – and that’s what we want to share.
Besides all the doom and gloom, there has been a resilience shown by humanity, as many people come together to do their best to help those affected by COVID-19. And much of that kindness has been extended to the animals as well, as one Florida shelter was thrilled to be able to make a wonderful announcement: they were out of animals!
That is correct. For the first time in its history, the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control shelter has been completely cleared out of its adoptable dogs.
An incredible and joyful thing happened today….For the first time in the history of Palm Beach County Animal Care and…
The shelter shared the happy news to their Facebook. We can only imagine what a relief it was for them to be able to post about the joyous development.
As the shelter wrote, “This amazing milestone was made possible by the help and support of our entire community! Thank you to the shelter staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to care for, find homes for, and advocate for the pets who come through these doors; thank you to our incredible foster parents who open their hearts and homes to thousands of pets each year.”
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In a video, the shelter’s kennel, which is made up of 48 double-sided runs that normally house all the strays, was shown to be completely empty. This was a huge deal considering that the kennel normally takes in dozens of dogs each week, and is always extremely busy.
Empty cages in one of the cat adoption rooms.
But not anymore. This week, the normally loud and congested area was eerily quiet with all the kennels being empty. Since so many people are being quarantined to their homes, many people have decided that now is the ideal time to adopt and get a new pet adjusted to a new life. Across the country, many shelters have seen a rise in adoptions and fosters. In fact, the Chicago Animal Care and Control experienced a similar situation as Florida when they saw all their adoptable dogs go off to new homes last week. It is great to see adoption rates going up around the country.
The Palm Beach County Animal Care Control still has other animals in need of homes, however, they have mentioned that they’re trying to keep the momentum going in order to get them adopted off as well. The shelter is strictly following social distancing guidelines while they work tirelessly to find all their animals forever homes.
Empty kennel runs in the 1 of 3 dog kennel buildings at the shelter.
Of course, if you have been thinking about getting a pet yourself, now would be as good a time as any to help them transition into a new home since we’re all in quarantine. Of course, just because you’re at home and lonely doesn’t mean that you’ll be at home and lonely forever.
At some point, lockdown will end, and daily life as we knew it will start to revert back. If you’re not 100% sure that you’d be able to make the commitment to an animal after quarantine is lifted, then consider fostering instead. Fostering is such a wonderful way to help animals if you’re not entirely sure that you can keep one forever.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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