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Pet adoptions, fostering up in B.C. during COVID-19 pandemic

During the pandemic, the B.C. SPCA has adopted out about 4,500 animals — mostly cats, kittens, dogs and puppies — and inquiries are up 50 per cent.Author of the article:Jennifer SaltmanPublishing date:Aug 20, 2020  •   •  3 minute readJordan Kuyvenhoven, assistant manager of the Vancouver SPCA shelter, holds Calico cat Pluto on Aug. 19. Mike Bell / PNGArticle contentB.C. animal shelters and rescue groups have seen a significant uptick in the number of people looking to adopt a pet, in part because the COVID-19 pandemic has given them more time at home.However, many prospective pet adopters have ended up on waiting lists because there are few animals available for adoption.“The demand is more than what we have to offer,” said Parm Takhar, chief operating officer for the B.C. SPCA. “That’s because a lot of people can probablytake animals into their homes now, so we’re seeing a huge increase and as a result of that we don’t have enough animals for all the applicants that come in.”During the pandemic, the SPCA has adopted out about 4,500 animals — mostly cats, kittens, dogs and puppies, but also some small animals, horses and other farm animals. At the same time, the number of adoption inquiries has increased by almost 50 per cent.Fostering has also be
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