Missouri animal shelters see rates of fostering, adoption soar during pandemic

Participation in pet foster programs and rates of adoptions at animal shelters have increased, the Kansas City Star reports.

The uptick can be credited to the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders, local shelters say.

“It was just a perfect time to bring an animal home and get to know each other and spend that bonding time together,” Casey Waugh, Wayside Waifs spokesperson, said to the Kansas City Star.

Nearly 900 new people have signed up to foster with the KC Pet Project over the course of the pandemic.

The higher rates of fostering is partly responsible for the higher adoption rates, shelters say. Some 260 adoptions with the organization resulted from “foster fails,” when foster homes adopt the pet they were supposed to have temporarily.

Many facilities that hold animals have closed, and staff has been significantly reduced to cope with health concerns.

Fortunately for the shelters and animals, fostering rates rose to meet the need for animals to be placed elsewhere.

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