Local Animal Rescue Hosting Dog Adoption Event to Reduce Overcrowding – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — In recent months, Animal Friends said fewer people have adopted dogs. That’s why they are over capacity, with almost 100 dogs. Now they are hosting a new event to help bring the dogs to future homes.

“Right now, our kennels are beyond capacity. Almost all of the kennels in our adoption floor and holding area are full,” Cody Hoellerman told Animal Friends.

During the pandemic, Animal Friends has seen an increase in the number of people adopting pets, including rabbits, cats and dogs.

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However, some people have given up on their pets because their routines are getting back to normal.

“There have definitely been instances where people have gone back to the office and their lifestyle has changed a bit,” Hoellerman said.

Right now, their kennels are 50% above normal capacity for dogs, and they rely on foster homes for additional support.

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One of the reasons fewer people are adopting today is due to inflation and other cost increases.

Therefore, during this event, families can name their adoption prize.

“There will obviously always be this financial commitment to get food, supplies, veterinary care, but by allowing people to name their own adoption gift, that’s one less hurdle in place,” Hoellerman said. .

The event runs until Sunday, July 3. Animal Friends said summer is the perfect time to add a pet to the family.

“When we finalize an adoption to make sure it’s not just a temporary thing, a pet is a lifelong commitment. So knowing everything that goes into caring for them, it’s essential that our team educates people,” Hoellerman said.

For more information on the adoption event, go to https://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/meet-animals/adopt/dogs/.

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