Since March 2020, U.S. pet adoption, foster care, and sales have hit new highs. We wanted to make sure you had all ther resources you need to take care of your newly acquired pet.
Bona Fide Sales Boom
“What began in mid-March as a sudden surge in demand had, as of mid-July, become a bona fide sales boom. Shelters, nonprofit rescues, private breeders, pet stores — all reported more consumer demand than there were dogs and puppies to fill it. Some rescues were reporting dozens of applications for individual dogs. Some breeders were reporting waiting lists well into 2021.”
Adoption Up by 20%!
In 2020, many people finally said yes to pet ownership. They found working from home and the lockdown isolating. Would-be pet parents turned to adopted dogs and cats for reassurance, companionship, and love, so animal care sales soared. According to an article published by USA Today:
- Vet visits and sales of leashes all dramatically increased in 2020 and the first part of 2021.
- By July of 2020, 20% of respondents to a Nielsen survey said they adopted one or more dogs or cats between March and June, up from less than 5% over the same time the year before.
- Placements of low-shedding doodle hybrid breeds climbed almost 50% year-over-year.
- Shelter euthanasia went down 43% because of decreased intake, expanded fostering, and an increase in the percentage of pets finding homes from January to June of 2020.
Pandemic Encouraged Foster Care
Because shelters couldn’t staff operations, they turned to pet enthusiasts for help with fostering some of the animals in their care. As a result, pet lovers got a taste of the joys of pet ownership and decided to permanently adopt their charges. It’s really been a wonderful outcome for pets and people who have figured out how to live a happier life, together.
Resources for New Pet Parents
Over the years, Brookfield Animal Hospital has put together some great resources for new pet owners. Browse the selection below and let us know if we can provide additional help!