Adoption centers seeing more pets being surrendered over families dealing with COVID

The Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana is a no-kill, dog-only rescue in Shreveport, La.
The Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana is a no-kill, dog-only rescue in Shreveport, La.(WAVE 3 News)
Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 1:31 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 7:14 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - COVID-19 is impacting people all over the world, but it’s also impacting animals.

Ironically, as COVID cases increase in the ArkLaTex, so do the number of animals in shelters and rescues.

Recently, the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana posted on Facebook saying a pet was surrendered at its shelter because the family was dealing with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Ninna Lopez runs Ninna’s Rescue in Benton, and she says they’re seeing a similar influx of pets, but don’t have enough people to adopt them.

“Typically we take in about 25 to 30 a month and right now we’re taking in 35 to 40,” she said.

Lopez explained lack of available space as the main problem.

“Unfortunately adoptions are down, so that impacts us greatly. We don’t have the space to take in all the dogs,” she said.

Lopez worries with more COVID cases, they will need more adopters.

“People are returning to work, kids are going back to school, there’s no more virtual teaching. People are taking vacations now and I think that due to all those reasons adoptions have just bottomed out,” she said.

The Louisiana Department of Health reported more than 5,000 new COVID cases. Currently, 90 patients are at Willis-Knighton hospital. Lopez advises pet owners to start making plans for their animals.

“No matter your age, have a backup plan for your pet should you need to be hospitalized. It’s so important to get with your vet, get with your boarding facility and do something so you have a backup plan and put money aside to handle that,” she said.

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