'Pocket pets' are in desperate need of homes, according to rescue organizations.
Several animal rescue organizations are overwhelmed with "pocket pets". Small confined animals include guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rabbits.
These animals are not accepted by all shelters, and those that are are frequently overcrowded.
From July to November, they said they hauled in about 100 of these creatures to Branford's Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter. They frequently achieve this over the course of a year. Individuals who call to drop them off aren't always polite.
According to Laura Burban, director of Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter, when we tell them we can place them on a waiting list or refer them to other shelters, they claim they don't want to do that and will simply dump them outside. We explain to them that not only is this immoral and unethical, but it is also illegal, and that they should never do such a thing to a defenseless animal.
They believe the reason for this is that people were staying at home more in 2020 and decided that getting an animal would be a good idea without first conducting any research.