A National Dog Shortage Is Coming To the U.S. Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Animal shelters around the country are reporting record levels of canine adoptions. The Coronavirus pandemic has led to people wanting more pets – while the dog supply chain may be breaking down.

NPR reported, “Some of the U.S. animal shelters have reported having all their dogs fostered during the quarantine. But it is not just that the pandemic made people want pets more — a dog supply chain has broken.”

Ambassador of the American Humane Society and animal advocate Jean Shafiroff speaking to NPR discussed the national dog shortage, the good news of empty shelters because of demand for furry friends to quarantine with, but also the interruption in the supply chain and how shelters are being impacted.

Shariroff said in a statement: “United States animal shelter shave reported empty shelters after dog adoptions have spiked during the coronavirus pandemic.  The desire for companionship has led to hundreds-of-thousands of dogs being adopted nationally.  The supply chain has been interrupted in the United States, meaning some shelters in certain areas of the country have oversupply when others have none because of the travel limitations instituted by COVID-19.  Ambassador of the American Humane Society and animal advocate Jean Shafiroff discusses the national dog shortage, the good news of empty shelters because of demand for furry friends to quarantine with, but also the interruption in the supply chain and how shelters are being impacted.”

LISTEN: NPR: Nation’s Dog Supply Chain Has Broken

Jean Shafiroff is an international animal advocate and has worked with several dog advocacy organization for the fair treatment of canines in the United States and abroad.  Activist Jean Shafiroff has been a member of the American Humane Society, the Southampton Animal Shelter, and several other organizations.  Shafiroff continues to advocate for the fair treatment of all animals and adoption.

The American Humane Society, can be reached via email at: nyc.thehumanesociety@gmail.com

Visit their site for updates here.

 

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