When it comes to animals in the Tri-Valley, COVID-19 hasn’t resulted in an influx of surrenders, as some might have feared.
In fact, with only four dogs presently available for adoption at the county’s East County Animal Shelter, located in Dublin, quite the opposite is true.
Jennifer Wills, East County Animal Shelter animal services supervisor, said the 42-kennel shelter has been cleared out thanks to adoptions and foster parents willing to take the animals home to prepare them for future adoptions.
“A lot of rescues stepped up and cleared out what we have,” Wills said of the animals.
Wills named Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR), Pleasanton’s Valley Humane Society and Allie’s Pals Cat Rescue as the three main foster programs through which the county shelter animals have found homes. The volunteers TVAR deploys to the Dublin shelter work to socialize the animals and coordinate adoptions with the public. The group indicates its mission is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless animals. Valley Humane Society is a nonprofit that’s been active in the community since 1987. Its programs and services are made possible solely through private donations. And Allie’s Pals focuses primarily on the feline crowd, in devotion to the well-being and rescue of cats and kittens in the Tri-Valley region.
Wills encouraged the public to adopt a homeless animal, but noted hopeful owners should consider carefully what their schedule will look like after shelter-in-place.
“Before adopting a pet, people should know it’s a lifelong commitment,” she said. “People are thinking now is a good time to adopt a dog, because they’re home and they’ll have more time to help the dog adjust, which is great, as long as they understand that, hopefully, once the world goes back to some semblance of normalcy, a dog or cat still needs a home.”
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) named this weekend, June 5 to 7, National Adoption Weekend to further aid animal shelters and rescue organizations across the country as they work to connect animals with homes, while conducting services virtually.
“National Adoption Weekend is designed to help shelters conduct virtual adoptions and enable their foster communities to perform adoptions from home — critical innovations that will save lives in the short term and change the ways pet adoptions are conducted in the future,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “The public can provide critical help by adopting homeless animals and by sharing news of this event with their friends, family and neighbors.”