During the epidemic, Pittsburgh animal rescue is assisting pet owners, while other rescues are overloaded.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Many animal rescue organizations were concerned that as individuals returned to work, they might abandon the pets they had brought into their homes during the pandemic.
While this is true for many shelters, Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh claims the reverse is true for them, and they want to aid both pet owners and other rescue organizations who are feeling overwhelmed.
Paws Across Pittsburgh board member and foster Diane Raible said, "These pets will never give up on you, and it's devastating to see people give up on them."
There is no shelter for Paws Across Pittsburgh. Instead, it fosters with the help of roughly 200 volunteers. They've taken in 111 animals since January 1 and have approximately two dozen surrender requests.
According to Raible while we see record adoptions, we also see record returns. As a result, Paws Across Pittsburgh resorted to Facebook to plead with people to resolve the situation.
The animals haven't been trained,Raible explained. The pets have never been separated from their owners, and separation anxiety leads to destructive behavior, barking, and people who cannot tolerate or try to correct the situation.
Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh CEO Dan Rossi stated, "We can help them find some additional fosters, or we can bring some of those animals over here and get them adopted as well."
Because it has the room, Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh can do so. According to Rossi, fewer and fewer people have surrendered their animals to them in the previous three years. Around 2,700 animals were abandoned in 2019. Last year, the number fell to 1,200. Adoptions, according to Rossi, are still on the rise.
According to Rossi, during COVID, we significantly boosted our pet retention services.
We have programs available for folks who may want nutritional help, additional medical treatment, or financial aid in caring for their animals.
If you're sick with COVID-19, they'll also take in your pet and care for it until you get better.
According to Rossi, we have put up a temporary arrangement where people can bring their animals to us if they are in the hospital with COVID or are incredibly ill. We will care for their animal till they are well, and then we will reconnect them with their pets.
It's all in the name of ensuring that your house remains their lifelong home. According to Raible, the demand is high, and people need to understand that if they work with their pets for a period, they can figure it out.