Shelter gets huge boost in pet adoptions during coronavirus, shares pic of cleared shelter

We’re living through a scary time, and as the coronavirus pandemic continues to change all of our lives, it can be hard to find uplifting news.

But as we all have to continue to self-isolate and stay at home, many people have found solace in their pets, passing the time spending quality time with them.

And even more inspiringly, many people who don’t have pets have decided that this might be the perfect time to adopt:

"Lots of strange things happening in the world lately. Adopted this rescue kitty today to help make both our lives better."❤️

Posted by We Love Animals on Friday, March 20, 2020

"In light of the COVID-19 crisis, we decided that some happiness was needed for our family." ❤️

Posted by We Love Animals on Monday, March 23, 2020

This is great news for animal rescues, who are always working hard to clear their shelters… and for many the coronavirus has seen an uptick in adoptions.

Even with everything going on in the world and most businesses shuttered, March was an amazing month for the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, who shared this incredible statistic:

“Over 600 Pets were adopted this month, 900+ left with a local Rescue partners, and 118 pets left with foster families!”

And with the news they posted a photo of that most rare sight, a completely empty shelter building!

We are ending the month STRONG 💪 thanks to YOU! Over 600 Pets were adopted this month, 900+ left with a local Rescue…

Posted by City of San Antonio Animal Care Services on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Their one of the biggest and busiest animal care services in the country, taking in over 30,000 animals every year.

With so many pets and reduced operations due to COVID-19, they decided that this was the perfect time to push for more adoptions and foster families, and people came through big time.

According to The Dodo they received 254 foster applications in the second half of March, while they normally receive about 60 a month.

“We’ve received more than four times the number of interested fosters in two weeks than we do in four months,” public relations and outreach manager Lisa Norwood told The Dodo.

Hey ACS friends! Today we want to spread positivity, so we would just like to take a moment to say THANK YOU!Thank you…

Posted by City of San Antonio Animal Care Services on Sunday, March 29, 2020

They now have just 150 animals in their care, a third of what they normally have. They’ve taken the opportunity to give their cleared shelters a cleaning.

It’s great news for the shelter, and even better news for the hundreds of animals who now have loving homes.

It’s an incredible bit of happy news amidst everything going on in the world.

“One of the things that we have seen is that during any crisis there’s always a rise in compassion,” Lisa said. “Any time that we can help a pet, it feels good.”

This is one of the best pieces of news we’ve heard in a while! Thank you to everyone who stepped up to give these animals a good home! We know they’ll be perfect company!

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