DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – There have been conflicting reports across the country in recent months about people returning pets they adopted during the height of the pandemic.
Animal specialists at CSISA say it’s too early to say how the pandemic has impacted their numbers, but with the Clear the Shelters event coming up, now is a great time to prepare families for the process of ‘adoption.
Jessie Sullivan, director of adoptions and alternative services at ASCIS, said summer is a busy time for the shelter. “We typically run between 150 and 200 admissions at any given time, but the majority of them are probably kittens that we typically see at this time of year.”
They also saw an increase in yields, especially in April and May. These figures fell back in June.
“We generally view returns as not necessarily negative. It is an opportunity for us and the owner of the animal to find a better partner. We may learn a little more about a pet we didn’t know before, which will allow us to find a better home for them.
Sullivan said it was not clear if the coronavirus pandemic was the cause.
“While there is a lot of information about people bringing back pets they may have adopted during COVID, things are picking up, people are taking vacations. And while it’s a bit early for us to find out if that’s true, I think it’s a good thing to keep in mind.
She said making sure it’s the right one time for your family to adopt is a great first step. “You want to make sure you have time to help them adjust and acclimate to your home. “
The folks at ICSSA can also help you determine what type of animal would work best for your lifestyle. They also said it makes sense to remember what they call the “2-2-2 rule” – two days, two weeks, two months.
“For two days the dog is probably going to be, could be, anxious in a whole new environment. Everything is unknown. So it may take a few days for them to really start to settle in and see their true self, ”Sullivan said.
It can take up to two weeks for an animal to resume house routines, such as when everyone wakes up and when to go out. Then, after two months, a dog should begin to truly move into a new home.
ICSSA also offers post-adoption assistance for issues such as behavioral issues and medical conditions.
This year’s Clear the Shelters in-person event will take place on Saturday, September 18.