(Farmington) Animal welfare groups say the pandemic is exacerbating the overpopulation crisis for cats and dogs.
According to Lisa Lange with “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,” more than 6-million cats and dogs enter shelters in the U.S. each year.
And with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, she explains shelters are unable to let people come in for pet adoptions, or host off-site adoption events.
Instead of purchasing a pet from a breeder, Lange urges Missourians to always adopt from animal shelters.
Right now, many are holding appointment-based adoptions.
She says a silver lining to the pandemic has been the uptick in people becoming pet foster parents, which takes pressure off the shelter system.
A survey conducted before the pandemic estimated that 44-percent of Missouri pet owners struggle to afford their pets.