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In WVa and beyond, pet adoptions soar during pandemic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Something good came out of 2020 after all.

Sarah Tolley, the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association’s community engagement coordinator, said the shelter experienced a 40% increase in adoptions last year. That was powered by a 60% jolt at the end of June that left the shelter down with “maybe five dogs available in the kennels, no puppies at all, no kittens available and maybe a couple of adult cats.”

The majority of those animals adopted aren’t being returned to the shelter, Tolley said.

“Something that stands out more than anything is we also have fewer returns of adoptions,”

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States that favored cats or dogs during coronavirus pandemic: Report

The U.S. is split on cats and dogs.

Adoption data analyzed by home improvement website Porch.com determined which states favored which pet in 2020.


It turns out that the West Coast has been “cat country” with the exception of Oregon and the East Coast has been “dog country” with an exception of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, according to Porch, which used the independent nonprofit Shelter Animals Count as a source.

U.S. states most likely to adopt a cat

    Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho,

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Chinese Shelter Seeks to Rehome Pets Abandoned in Pandemic

When readers of TIME last saw Sweetie, it was a frozen February morning in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and the terrified dog was snared in a policeman’s net. Like thousands of other animals abandoned during the city of 11 million’s 76-day coronavirus lockdown earlier this year, the pup was destined to be destroyed.

But the policeman took pity and instead passed Sweetie to Li Heng, a volunteer for the Furry Angels Haven animal shelter. Taking her in wasn’t a small ask. Li was legally only allowed to keep one dog at home, but due to the flurry

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Orange County Animal Care continues to find homes for animals during pandemic

Orange County Animal Care has made a number of changes since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to find homes for the animals in its care.

“We’re still seeing a lot of homeless pets come in, and they need homes,” said Jessica Novillo, spokeswoman for O.C. Animal Care. “It’s important that we know that this is a community that we don’t forget.”

The county shelter has re-homed 2,920 animals since it transitioned to holding virtual events and appointment-only adoptions in March.

Novillo said the number of adoptions has been normal considering the county has seen a drop in its intake

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Baby zebra named Hope, born weeks into the pandemic, died after fireworks were set off

Hope the zebra, posing with her mother.
Hope the zebra, posing with her mother.

Born shortly after the United Kingdom imposed lockdowns earlier this year, a beloved zebra deemed a “ray of light” died last week after fireworks went off at a nearby celebration and she ran into her enclosure’s fence. 

Hope, named by her owners at the Noah’s Ark Zoo in Bristol due to her birth taking place shortly after the coronavirus pandemic bagan, was “full of energy and life,” her owners said in a statement. She died Nov. 4.

“It appears that the fright (from the fireworks) caused the animal to bolt and she collided

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