Is it true that pets adopted during the outbreak are being returned?
DAYTON — Many individuals felt the epidemic was the perfect time to adopt a pet, but many of them were returned to shelters, according to some reports.
At the start of the epidemic, one in every five American homes adopted a pet, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
This equates to nearly 23 million new pet-owning households.
According to an ASPCA poll, there is no evidence to support the rumored increase in pet owners putting their pets up for adoption.
According to SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center in Washington Township, they had the most adoptions on record in 2020, and the trend continued into the next year.
There have also been a few returns, according to Kaitlin Becraft, outreach and education manager at SISCA in Washington Township.
As a result, according to Becraft, SISCA provides post-adoption behavioral counseling as well as sliding scale medical alternatives in their clinic.
Adoption centers like SISCA take extra precautions during the adoption process in the goal of preventing pets from being returned.
Becraft told News Center 7's Kayla McDermott, "Our adoption consumers will go through and attempt to make sure that we're creating the best match for somebody."
For example, if someone tells them they work long hours, Becraft suggests a more self-sufficient pet like a cat.
However, SISCA is prepared in the unlikely event that a pet is not a suitable fit and must be returned to the owner.
On their website, they have a number of resources for rehoming your pet.
Because SISCA does not euthanize for space, pets are not usually available for adoption right away.