Shelters Have Seen an Increase in Return Pets After the Pandemic Pets Returned to Animal Shelters

SPCA Animal Shelter-Syracuse, NY

SYRACUSE, NY (N.C.C NEWS) – 2020 left people lonely and at times bored, turning to pets such as dogs and cats for good company. After lockdown several of these animals are now seen behind bars once again.

Central New York’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has seen a large increase in pets being returned back to the shelters after their owners have come out of lockdown. SPCA manager Dee Schaefer says there have been about 40 to 50 pets that have been released back to her and her staff each month this year. Schaefer says that she doesn’t see this issue resolving anytime soon, in fact mostly getting more challenging.

“All of us in the rescue community are saying that the perfect storm is brewing and we think it’s going to get much worse,” Schaefer said.

Schaefer is saddened by the number of owners who are turning in their furry friends because they feel they have no use for them anymore after the pandemic.

“I would say a good 85% of what we’re getting in now are owner surrenders,” Schaefer said.

Schaefer says that although many of the pets they are receiving arent strays or ferals they still do have many animals come in that were left abandoned and homeless and because of that, the need for foster care is in need at this time.

SPCA staff worker and foster parent Cee Cee Andrews is currently fostering bunnies because of the limited space they have in the shelter. Although Andrews is taking numerous animals to help, she doesn’t find it stressful or challenging at all.

“They fit right in, we have four rabbits and three guinea pigs ourselves, all of them are from here and we mold the fosters right into our routine,” Andrews said.

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