Mid-Missouri pet shelters close amid COVID-19 pandemic, increase in fosters
COLUMBIA – Animal shelters are looking for alternative ways to allow adoptions and find foster homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many shelters have already closed their doors due to CDC guidelines on quarantine. Places like the Jefferson City Animal Shelter and Sam and Daisy Grabb Animal Shelter in Fulton are not making animals available for adoption at the moment.
Central Missouri Humane Society and Second Chance have also been following the CDC regulations and are closed at the moment, but are receiving foster and adoption applications through email and phone.
Michelle Casey, the spokesperson for the Humane Society, said the number of foster parents has increased in the past few weeks. She said they have received over 100 applications to foster pets, allowing them to give a house to most of their adoptable pets. She said she believes this is because people have more time on their hands to take care of pets.
Casey said the Humane Society has been battling with the decrease of donations since quarantine started. She said foster parents help relieve the stress of getting more donations.
Giulia Hall from Second Chance said because more people are interested in fostering, Second Chance has been able to help other shelters that are closing.
“We’ve kind of had the luxury of getting all these new foster homes in,” Hall said. “So, the more fosters we get the more we could help these shelters that are shutting down.”
Hall said she believes in a few weeks the community might need help with their pets, as families have less financial stability.
“I think we might see an end to the shelter needing help, and more on the community needing help,” Hall said.
Both Casey and Hall said the adoption number has been steady over the past few weeks.
People who are fostering are meeting with potential adopters at parks and open places to follow the CDC guidelines and keep distance between them, still allowing the adoption process to happen.