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Pals From the Pound

People have fostered or adopted a record-breaking number of animals during the pandemic

The three dogs in this story were recently adopted from Best Friends Animal Society.

Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society Utah

Kohl used to be shy around people. The 5-year-old cattle dog lived in a dog shelter in Utah. Then the Best Friends Lifesaving Center moved Kohl into its adoption program to find him a new family. But the Covid-19 crisis forced the center to close to the public. Potential adopters couldn’t meet Kohl in person. 

“We rely on people being able to come in and interact with our animals,” says Jessica Pollitz, the group’s adoption manager. Kohl went to a foster home. Fostering a pet means a family agrees to temporarily care for an animal until a permanent home is found. No one knew when or if he would be adopted. 

Kohl used to be shy around people. Kohl is a cattle dog. He is 5 years old. He lived in a dog shelter in Utah. Then the Best Friends Lifesaving Center moved Kohl into its adoption program. They wanted to find him a new family. But the Covid-19 crisis forced the center to close to the public. Potential adopters couldn’t meet Kohl in person.

“We rely on people being able to come in and interact with our animals,” says Jessica Pollitz. Pollitz is the adoption manager at the Best Friends Lifesaving Center. Kohl went to a foster home. Fostering a pet means a family agrees to temporarily care for an animal. The family takes care of the animal until the Center finds a permanent home. No one knew if Kohl would be adopted.

Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society Utah

Kohl wasn’t the only pooch in a tough spot. Every year, roughly 3 million dogs end up in U.S. shelters. As shelters closed to the public last year because of the pandemic, animal care experts feared animals would be stuck there. But across the country, shelters and rescue centers saw a surge of pet adoptions and fostering.  “We had people at home who suddenly had the time to give,” says Pollitz.

Shelter workers and foster families shared videos and photos of animals up for adoption on social media. They worked together to arrange video meet-and-greets with potential adopters and the animals. 

Kohl wasn’t the only dog in trouble. About 3 million dogs end up in U.S. shelters every year. Many shelters closed to the public last year because of the pandemic. Animal care experts feared animals would be stuck in shelters. But shelters and rescue centers saw a surge of pet adoptions and fostering across the country. “We had people at home who suddenly had the time to give,” says Pollitz.

Shelter workers recorded videos of animals that people could adopt. They posted the videos online. Foster families shared photos of the animals they cared for. They posted the photos on social media. Shelter workers and foster families worked together. They helped potential adopters meet the animals through video calls.

Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society Utah

Skyler

In some cases, pet fosterers decided to permanently adopt the animals in their charge. “You get these animals in your home and sometimes they fit in so perfectly,” says Pollitz.

With his foster family, Kohl learned to trust people. His true personality shone. “By showing who he really was, Kohl got adopted really, really fast,” says Pollitz.

Some pet fosterers decided to permanently adopt the animals in their care “You get these animals in your home and sometimes they fit in so perfectly,” says Pollitz.

Kohl learned to trust people with his foster family. Everyone could see his true personality. “By showing who he really was, Kohl got adopted really, really fast,” says Pollitz.

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