A sad new trend across the country has pet owners returning the pets adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As people get vaccinated and readjust to leaving home for work and school, shelters across the United States are seeing higher than average rates of returns, the BBC reports. Some dogs are showing signs of separation anxiety which can lead to unwanted behavior. The Virginia Beach SPCA is asking residents to begin working with their pets now to ease separation anxiety.
“While some of their behaviors due to their anxiety may frustrate you, it is important to seek solutions instead of punishing them. Consult with your veterinarian if you feel you need help. There are medications and supplements that can help severe cases of separation anxiety. You can also reach out to a qualified trainer who can provide expert advice specific to your pet.”
Get tips on how to help your pet cope here.
More ways you can help pets in need.
Become a Foster Home for a Homeless Animal
Foster families provide hundreds of shelter animals the extra attention and time in a home that they need to recover from illness or injury, have a break from the shelter, or in the case of kittens, the time required to reach that 2-month mark and be ready for adoption.
While you’re out shopping for your pet, shop for a pet at a local shelter.
Needed shelter items at Norfolk Animal Care Center include:
- Canned/dry food and treats for cats and dogs
- Liquid formula such as KMR and Esbilac for kittens and puppies
- New and gently used collars, harnesses and leashes, including slip leads (all sizes)
- Washable, durable pet toys (cat and dog), stuffed animals, catnip, tennis balls, “Kong” Toys, and Peanut Butter
- Kiddie pools (for summertime wading)
- Treat dispensing toys
- Stainless steel dishes and bowls (tip-proof, any size)
- New or gently used carriers, crates, and exercise pens
- New and gently used dog houses
- Dog and cat nail clippers
- Newspapers for lining cages
- Paper towels
- Blankets, comforters, towels (no sheets)
- Fencing Assistance Program materials: This program helps to get dogs off tethers and keep families together.
- New and gently used fencing materials
- Tools (hammers, utility tools, power tools, shovels, nails, screws etc.)