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Pet Adoption Rate Increases In Washtenaw County During Pandemic

Humane Society of Huron Valley

The adoption rate at the Humane Society of Huron Valleyhas increased since the pandemic started.  

All types of pets, but especially cats and dogs, are being adopted twice as fast.  Wendy Welch is the communications director for the Humane Society of Huron Valley and says many of the animals are currently being adopted within one day of being placed on the adoption list.  So far this year, about 4,800 pets have been adopted from the local Humane Society.

Wendy Welch: Lots of us are working from home and we would like the companionship. Of course, there is the quarantine that started, and we have been isolated from other family members. So, it’s a great time to adopt, to get a companion animal.

While the adoption rate has increased in Washtenaw County, so have the number of dog scams.  Welch says more and more people are reporting that they made private transactions online with strangers, only to later find out that the dog never existed. 

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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