Pet Adoptions During Covid

Pet Adoptions during COVID:  Questions for the Humane Society

Q:Has the surge in pet adoption during the pandemic been all good?

A: Yes. It has raised the awareness for people about what it means to adopt an animal, and I think that was great.

Q: Has the increase in adoptions created new challenges or opportunities for the future?

A: The Humane Society and other organizations work in underserved communities—veterinarian deserts—to make sure people can keep their animals.

Q:The pandemic shined a light on wet markets, where exotic animals are sometimes sold and butchered at open-air stalls. Is that going to have long-term ramifications?

A: What this Covid moment has done is really highlight the fact that animal welfare and human health are inextricably linked.


Mr. Kornelis is a writer in Seattle. He can be reached at

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