Cat Adoptions Soar By 120% Since Shelter-In-Place Order Began
Rescue organizations are faced with long waitlists of hopeful adopters
COVID-19 happened to take its grip on the U.S. during a very important time of year for cat rescuers: kitten season. The number of kittens coming into the system is only at about one-third of what it was last year, despite the cat rescue groups having long lists of hopeful adopters.
"There just aren't any kittens coming through with all the shelters closed," lamented Toni Sastek of Toni's Kitty Rescue in San Francisco. "Right now, we only have about 40-50 kittens in foster care while our list of potential adopters is twice that. We usually have at least 150 kittens in foster homes around this time." With everyone staying home, there are fewer opportunities to come across kittens in the neighborhood and help them while their odds of survival are highest.
The logistics of adopting an animal are presenting new challenges. Shelters are transitioning to virtual adoptions and strict adoption-by-
"We are so fortunate and grateful for all the people reaching out to us to adopt. We are working around the clock to help continue to rescue cats and place our kitties in forever homes," said Conlon.
Local shelters and rescue groups are how 95% of kitties find forever homes. From there, companies like Meowtel step in to enrich the lives of cats and their parents, even despite these unprecedented challenges for the industry. "Even though demand for sitting is basically nonexistent with everyone at home, we're staying focused on how to add value to our community of cat lovers who are seeking comfort through feline companionship,"
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