June 12, 2021

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Greenville County Animal Care currently has around 400 animals in its care

If you found yourself with a pandemic pet this year, you’re not alone.A lot of people took the extra time they had to adopt. But Greenville County Animal Care is finding itself even busier now than this time last year.Right now, the shelter staff says it has around 400 animals either in the shelter or currently being fostered. “We really want people to not lose the momentum that we had last year,” Paula Church, with Greenville County Animal Care said.During the height of the pandemic, Church says people raced to the shelters. “Less of a willingness to foster and adopt,” she said. “We’re not seeing as many fosters and adopters.” She says that rush and has dwindled recently. Church says a lot of the animals at the shelter right now are strays.“I think what we’re seeing are just fewer,” Church said. “More animals that are slipping out. So maybe more people aren’t at home to make sure the animals are secure.”Thankfully, Church says the number of animal returns or surrenders they’ve had isn’t much higher than usual. “I don’t think people that adopted them are just shirking their responsibility and dumping them,” she said.Compared to this time last year, she says they’ve taken in around 440 more animals this year. However, the shelter has also found homes for around 350 more animals this year. Church says fostering has been a gateway to new homes for hundreds of these animals.She says they also have a new program for people to foster owned animals. She says this is a chance for people to foster with the intention of returning the animal to a family who may be going through homelessness, hospitalization or other event requiring them to give their animal up temporarily.

If you found yourself with a pandemic pet this year, you’re not alone.

A lot of people took the extra time they had to adopt. But Greenville County Animal Care is finding itself even busier now than this time last year.

Right now, the shelter staff says it has around 400 animals either in the shelter or currently being fostered.

“We really want people to not lose the momentum that we had last year,” Paula Church, with Greenville County Animal Care said.

During the height of the pandemic, Church says people raced to the shelters.

“Less of a willingness to foster and adopt,” she said. “We’re not seeing as many fosters and adopters.”

She says that rush and has dwindled recently. Church says a lot of the animals at the shelter right now are strays.

“I think what we’re seeing are just fewer,” Church said. “More animals that are slipping out. So maybe more people aren’t at home to make sure the animals are secure.”

Thankfully, Church says the number of animal returns or surrenders they’ve had isn’t much higher than usual.

“I don’t think people that adopted them are just shirking their responsibility and dumping them,” she said.

Compared to this time last year, she says they’ve taken in around 440 more animals this year. However, the shelter has also found homes for around 350 more animals this year.

Church says fostering has been a gateway to new homes for hundreds of these animals.

She says they also have a new program for people to foster owned animals. She says this is a chance for people to foster with the intention of returning the animal to a family who may be going through homelessness, hospitalization or other event requiring them to give their animal up temporarily.