VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a huge spike in pet adoptions taking place all across the country.
According to the BC SPCA, that demand has started outpacing supply in British Columbia.
Jodi Dunlop is with the Vancouver SPCA, she says the demand has been overwhelming.
“We had one puppy go up and within an hour we had 250 applications,” she says. ” It’s been absolutely crazy. Right now we’ll put a dog up for adoption and get 50-100 applications within minutes. It’s unheard of. The positive part is knowing these animals are in homes, and not in shelters.”
It’s not just the BC SPCA that is dealing with the demand, smaller animal rescues are also experiencing the same thing.
Marybeth Harrison is with Loved at Last Dog Rescue and says “We’ve never seen this before. We had about 25 dogs in the shelter and they’ve all been adopted, which is fantastic.”
Loved At Last Dog Rescue specializes specifically in international adoption.
Volunteers say they’re also swamped and are struggling to rescue more dogs from abroad.
Harrison says that’s a big challenge right now as COVID puts a squeeze on air travel and border control.
“For organizations like ours that bring overseas dogs here to Canada, we have a lot of adopters waiting.”
However, she says she’s not worried the wait will cause families to lose their enthusiasm for adding a new dog to their households.
“People who want to adopt rescue dogs, there’s a real commitment there to creating a better home and life for a dog, so they will wait.”
That message also echoed by Dunlop, who has some advice for those who recently adopted.
“There will always be animals for adoption and I like to say when it’s the right time it’ll be the right time,” she says. “Make sure you leave them alone because we fear that we will have a bunch of animals that have separation anxiety because the people that adopt them are alone with them all the time. Then all of a sudden they go back to work and the animals are left wondering where their humans are gone.”