We’ve seen and heard about so much loss and decline during the coronavirus pandemic, but there is at least one positive statistic that is on the rise.

Around the entire nation, pet adoption and foster numbers are up. Here locally, those numbers have tripled since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Tina Miller with the Humane Society of West Alabama explained why these numbers have skyrocketed.

“People all the time tell us, ‘If only I had the time, I would be able to adopt from you guys.’ Well, now they got the children home and many families are home all together and they do have the time,” she said. “And this is something that many families have always wanted to do, so we’re seeing this across the nation. Some shelters are totally like, closing up and, you know, saying, ‘We’re empty; we don’t have any more dogs to adopt out.’ And we do still have a few but we’ve got several in foster and we got a few at the dog house. So we’re just so happy – we’ll take this.”

If you would like to foster or adopt a pet, you can call the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter or the Humane Society of West Alabama.

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