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Cats and dogs are calmer at shelters when they are selected online because of the coronavirus pandemic — 1 Comment

  1. What a great story about the Belfast shelter! This is exactly what our shelter has done as well due to the pandemic. Most volunteers are on hiatus at the moment; however, a select group rotate coming in to clean, feed/water animals and walk dogs.

    Surrenders are done by appointment, as always, but adoptions are done exactly the way the Belfast shelter does it. Our shelter is presently closed to the public due to the pandemic, and our available animals are also online. The potential adopter submits an application online, usually with a particular cat in mind, to the shelter and a volunteer works the application. Once approved, an appointment is made for the approved adopter to visit the shelter.

    The normal hubbub of a busy shelter has been replaced with a calm atmosphere. Music plays softly in the background. The animals are much more receptive to a one-on-one visit, rather than having gads of people gawking in a noisy atmosphere.

    Who knows? Perhaps this will be the new norm. It couldn’t hurt. Our shelter has adopted out many animals during the pandemic. It appears the process is faster too. The best part? The animals find their forever homes in record time.

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