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COVID-19 Means Changes In How Pet Adoptions Are Handled On Central, South Coasts

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COVID-19 has affected many aspects of our lives.  It’s left many people on the Central and South Coasts isolated because of safety concerns.  That’s had an unexpected, positive side effect.  Many animal shelters are reporting pet adoptions are up.

Randy Friedman is with Ventura County Animal Services .  He says many shelters are reporting that they have been taking in fewer animals during the pandemic, because people are going out less.  It means pets are less likely to accidentally escape.

The county's pet adoption process has changed because of the pandemic.  For dogs, there is an online application and pre-screening process.  People can still come during visiting hours to view, and pick out a cat.

Friedman says while it’s the gift giving season, they say the best way to give a pet is by involving the recipient in the adoption process.  He says rather than picking out a pet for someone and taking it home, you should surprise them with a visit to a shelter to choose a pet.

You can find more information about pet adoptions in Ventura County at:  www.vcas.us/adopt

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.