Rescue of “Perfectly Imperfect Puppies” Dogs Calls on Foster Families for “Pandemic Puppies”
2020 has become the year of the “pandemic puppies”. We have heard the stories too often. A person adopts a dog during COVID-19 closures for a companion, then returns it after the dog interferes with post-pandemic life.
Unfortunately, this happens so frequently that many shelters are running out of space for their animals. Shelters and rescues are in desperate need of resources to deal with the rush of returning dogs.
Now Perfectly Imperfect Pups (PIPs), a North Carolina-based dog rescue organization, is appealing for potential foster families as shelters across the country are now full.
What is a pandemic puppy?
“A pandemic puppy is basically a dog that people adopted into their homes during the pandemic. And now that people are back to work, they don’t think they can take care of them any longer, so they abandon them at shelters and contact a lot of helpers in the area looking for someone to pick up the dog. ” , said PIP director and founder Nicole Kincaid (via ABC 11 News).
Kincaid says his organization “sees calls all the time” from shelters asking for help finding dogs either temporary or permanent homes after seeing an increase in the number of dogs returned.
“I help as much as we can, but we can’t help without foster homes, so you open your house for a short time. You don’t commit to the dog for life, but you save a life, ”she explained.
If you’re having trouble with an adopted dog while you return to work, Kincaid has a viable solution: adopting a different one.
“People can work and take care of the dogs. Dogs sleep most of the day while you are at work. Let your dog sleep. Better yet, adopt another dog to keep them company, ”she explained.
How you can help pandemic puppies
If you are interested in helping Perfectly Imperfect Pups in their mission, please visit the Ways to Help section of their website where they will give you instructions on how to foster, adopt, and donate.
The organization is so fully committed to finding dog-loving homes that it makes placement virtually free.
“The PIP covers all necessary medical and preventive care. PIPs can also take care of food and crates, but many foster families provide their foster dogs with food, toys, crates and treats, ”says the welcoming part of their family. site.
For more on all the good things that come with welcoming a dog, check out DogTime’s article here. If you want to know if you’re ready to adopt, take our quiz here!
Are you currently welcoming a dog? Would you bring home a dog who returned to a shelter after the pandemic just because their humans didn’t want them anymore? Please let us know in the comments below!