Johnson County animal shelters wrestle to cope with surge in ‘pandemic pet’ returns

Neighborhood animal rescue groups say they are going through an inflow of “pandemic pet” returns alongside with a unexpected fall in adoptions as the earth starts to return to normal.

The Shawnee Mission Submit talked to Melissa’s 2nd Prospects in Shawnee, Pawsitive Tails Doggy Rescue in Olathe, and The Rescue Venture, a foster-centered method covering the Kansas Metropolis metro space.

All three rescue teams expert a spectacular increase very last year in pet adoptions, a trend viewed throughout the nation as persons caught at household through the early months of the pandemic rushed to uncover animals to maintain them business or break the monotony of keep-at-property orders.

Now, these exact same groups are viewing the reverse effects.

As households re-build some of their pre-pandemic routines and individuals return to in-individual do the job, pets are becoming returned at alarming rates.

“None of the rescue [shelters] can even attempt to

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