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Pet adoptions increase during pandemic in Southwest Florida



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Fewer people appeared able to resist a wagging tail, twitching whiskers or even the scaly skin of a reptile as the pandemic swept the world.

While COVID-19 disrupted and closed many businesses, Southwest Florida animal rescue workers are working their tails off with an increase in adoptions and animal intake.

Karen Prohaska and her husband, Bob Von Gyurcsy, of Fort Myers, were fostering a senior dog named Gatsby, 9, for the Gulf Coast Humane Society in February. The plan was to bring him back, but with the pandemic they decided to keep him a bit longer.

Gatsby suffered from allergies that caused a rash, which required medical baths and care. Retirees, Prohaska and Von Gyurcsy didn’t mind helping Gatsby and during a time of uncertainty, they welcomed the distraction.

Gatsby helped them just as much. He gave the couple a routine and taking care of him kept their minds off the pandemic, Prohaska said.

They’d go for walks and car rides, ultimately the couple fell in love with Gatsby.

“It was such a saving grace during the pandemic to have an animal, when your anxiety is high and your fear factor we felt fortunate to have him,” she said.

Ebb and flow

The humane society, in Fort Myers, Executive Director Jennifer Galloway said the interest in adopting is a continuous cycle. One moment the shelter feels empty and the next it’s filled again.

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Alicia Fuller, the lead kennel tech at the Gulf Coast Humane Society finishes up bathing a newly acquired dog on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.  (Photo: Andrew West, The News-Press)

Compared to 2019 the agency’s dog adoption has increased by 242 and their cat adoption increased by 564, totaling 1,239 adopted dogs and 997 adopted cats so far in 2020.  

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The humane society, nearing a decade of operation, is more than just a dog and cat adoption center. It has a rehab facility where workers care for sick and injured animals, as well as a surgery facility where workers conduct spaying and neutering.

It also has a veterinary clinic where the animals are vaccinated, microchipped and have dental work done. This service is open to the public.

Once the pandemic made its way to Southwest Florida, Galloway said the agency wasn’t sure what was going to happen — and that was the hardest part.

Her board members weren’t sure if they were going to have to close, so they put out a plea for foster homes. They received more than 200 applications for fosters and about 90% of the people who fostered at the start of COVID-19 ended up adopting their foster animal.

The human society also wasn’t sure if it was going to get inundated with surrendered pets.

The newly opened Cape Coral Animal Shelter Executive Director Liz McCauley, said the  group is exceeding expectations.


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Harbor Humane Society offers discounted pet adoptions this weekend

Puppy Palooza followed by a Discounted Adoption Day.

MICHIGAN, USA — This weekend, Harbor Humane Society will be hosting two events to get their shelter pets a  new home. 

On Friday, they will hold their first ever Puppy Palooza Adoption Event. The Adoptions will be first come first serve as they open the doors of their  training center to people that want a furry addition to their family. 

They will have three to four litters, which is about 20 puppies to see. The shelter has done this event in the past with kittens, but this is the first time they have the puppy inventory according to the event coordinator, Cindy Gruppen.

“We will have the puppies in play pins to visit with but we are only allowing a few people in the building at a time,” Gruppen said.

Everyone who attends the event must register in order to adopt. The applications will be pre-approved and must be on file with them by 11am, on October 8.

Saturday there will be even more options, as cats, dogs and other shelter animals will be available to take home. The Coldwell Banker Holland and Grand Haven offices are donating $50 off the first 12 adult dogs adopted, and $40 off for kittens. 

This is their fourth annual adoption event with The Harbor Human Society and they will be there virtually this year. 

The Harbor Human Society is located at 14345 Bagley Street in West Olive,  MI 49460.

For more information you can visit the site, to register, and see adoption prices.

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