Humane societies see surges in adoptions/fostering during COVID-19 outbreakSubmitted: 03/25/2020
Humane societies see surges in adoptions/fostering during COVID-19 outbreak
LINCOLN COUNTY - More time at home…means more cuddling with our furry friends.

It also means families have more time to welcome home a new pet.

"We were able to do a really big push for adoptions and almost every dog we had was adopted within a week," said Lincoln County Humane Society manager Liz Friedenfels.

The Lincoln County Humane Society has seen a surge in adoptions since the Coronavirus outbreak.

And while fostering is still an option, adopting helps both the animals find a permanent home and the humane society stay in business.

"If you are adopting right now then that adoption fee goes towards continuing the operations of the shelter, so that can make a big difference for us," Friedenfels said.

Luckily the Lincoln County non-profit hasn't had to cancel any big fundraisers due to COVID-19, but there are still many ways the public can help the shelter.

"One of the things that a lot of the people can do right now is donate food to the local food pantries for dogs and cats. That can really help pet owners get by and it helps the shelters too because it allows the animals to stay in their home if the person just can't temporarily afford it and needs some help," Friedenfels said.

Most local humane societies are closed to the public.

But the shelters are still taking in all strays, surrenders and adoption applications.

"We are trying to make sure the animal care does not decrease at all and they still get just as much love and attention as always," Friedenfels said.

Animal experts recently announced that neither cats nor dogs can get this form of COVID-19.

So in the meantime, they say to take advantage of the joy these animals bring in a time of fear.

"Your pets are safe and the safest place for them right now is at home with you. Just use caution and be safe and thanks again for always supporting us."

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