More people have been fostering and adopting pets from animal shelters during the coronavirus pandemic — a small silver lining as the world battles the outbreak. And in one Florida city, residents are particularly stepping up.
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Fox 5 reports that in West Palm Beach, every dog in an animal shelter has now found a new home after a record number of adoptions.
The Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control shelter announced “the amazing milestone” on Tuesday in a Facebook post.
The shelter has three kennels total. The kennel that has been completely emptied usually houses strays and overflows from the adoption kennel. This is the first time every animal in that kennel has been adopted.
Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care staff said that in the main kennel, there are still a few dogs available for adoption, along with several cats, two horses and a pig named Charlotte.
“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 heart and homes to thousands of pets each year; thank you to everyone who has opted to adopt a shelter pet - whether it be here or from any of the other amazing organizations out there,” the social media post read.
New York City was one of the first locations to see a surge in animal adoptions, along with Los Angeles.
During national crises, there is typically a surge in abandoned animals. To combat this, The Humane Society established a fund to support shelters that may see overcrowding as a result of abandonment.
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