There is something so special about adopting a pet into your family especially since dogs are a man’s best friend.
Even so, we’re seeing a larger problem as evidenced by a recent article from Newsweek. The site did a deep dive into shelters and how they’re over capacity especially when it comes to dogs. The shelter being focused on is Colleton County Animal Services in South Carolina.
While there are a lot of adoptable pets, the shelter is truly over its head when it comes to numbers on all fronts. Whether it be workers, dogs, or bedding, there is just not enough to be able to give the dogs the attention and time they deserve.
In large part, that comes from its forever home as they’re just in the market for lots of love and care which is something pet parents have in abundance but the root of the problem is much deeper.
Animal shelters are busier now than ever, especially with dogs.
The main reason why adoptions have waned in recent years is cost. Inflation has truly taken a toll on every single industry. Some can’t afford the pets they have and have no choice but to turn them over or can’t afford a home to be able to get a dog. It’s a sad reality, but it’s something a lot of us are dealing with when it comes to getting a dog.
In addition, shelters are reducing hours as people just aren’t coming in. Once again, it’s a sad reality but something a lot of us are dealing with. Ultimately, it also comes down to people not adopting any pets such as dogs, cats, or otherwise. The main issue isn’t people bringing back their pets but just not calling about adopting or seeing any pets.
If anything, this feels like a major wake-up call. If you’ve been waiting to adopt, now might be the time. In addition, you need to make sure you budget accordingly to ensure that you have the funds to take care of your new pet. That can be a major drawback when it comes to bringing a pet into your home but ultimately, I don’t know if or when this crisis will lessen.
We can all hope that all of the dogs, cats, and any other pets who end up in a shelter find a forever home. Until then, it’s just more uncertain, especially given the upcoming holiday season.