More people are giving up on pets as Denver animal shelter hits capacity crisis – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4)– While more and more people have adopted pets during the pandemic, the opposite is happening now. More and more animals are entrusted to animal shelters.
The Denver Animal Shelter has reached what they call a “capacity crisis” for dogs and small animals. They ask for help from the community.
“People are going back to work and travel is resuming. We see some of these animals coming back because they no longer fit the person’s lifestyle,” said Meghan Dillmore, services manager at the Denver Animal Shelter.
So far this year, the shelter has seen a 35% increase in the number of abandoned animals over the same period in 2019. Animals are also spending more time at the shelter before being adopted.
“We just want to put these animals in good homes, we just don’t want the cost of adoption to be a barrier,” Dillmore said.
The Denver Animal Shelter is asking the community to help keep abandoned pets in a stable home. The shelter asks pet owners to consider other options before returning an animal, such as asking family, friends and neighbors or posting a review on social media. They also offer resources to help pet owners with food and other supplies if they’re struggling to make ends meet.
The shelter is asking for help in fostering pets until they can find forever homes. Food and kennel can be covered by the shelter. Also, check shelters first before buying a pet, especially a hamster or guinea pig.
At the Dumb Friends League, they do not allow any dogs or small animals even on Sunday.
“People struggle to care for their pets if they’re struggling with their own finances or housing,” said Courtney Knerr of the Dumb Friends League.
The shelter believes it’s not just the waning pandemic, but also economic factors that may be contributing to the rise in the number of abandoned pets.