Some animals are returned to shelters and are rescued when their owners return to the office
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Shelters and rescue groups have seen record adoptions during the pandemic, but as COVID-19 restrictions ease and people return to offices, organizations across the country is also seeing some people return the animals they adopted.
Planned Pethood is a local rescue that finds homes for hundreds of dogs and cats each year. LeeAnn Harden is the Dog Admission Coordinator for the Volunteer Rescue Group. She says the organization saw a spike in adoptions last year. In the vast majority of cases, the animals have found their home forever, however, several dogs have been dismissed because their owners are resuming a regular work schedule.
Harden says it’s important to remember that pets are a lifelong commitment, and that there are simple things you can do to make your return to work easier for you and your pet.
“You can bring someone in during the day and let them out or take them for a walk. It could be a family member, a neighbor, a friend or a professional, ”says Harden. “There are also a lot of dog day care centers. Trainers can certainly help with behavioral issues. We have a lot of great trainers in the area. Many dogs have become accustomed to having their owners home 24/7. This means that when you return to the office, they may have some separation anxiety. There are ways to work with this rather than just send it back. Your pets are members of the family. You don’t just throw them away when it bothers you. “
Harden says Planned Pethood also has a rigorous selection process that aims to keep people and their pets together forever, but there are certainly circumstances in which returning an animal is better for everyone.
“We take the dogs back no matter what. Whether they have been with an owner for a few days or a few years, ”explains Harden. “We ask why they are being fired so that we can work to keep the animal home or use the information to find the best home for the animal. We hope people will talk to us if they need any help, we are always happy to help. “
Planned Pethood relies on donations and volunteers to operate. There are many ways to help the organization. Donations of money, food and supplies are always needed with host volunteers.
NOTE: The dog pictured above was do not returned. His name is Scottie and he was our role model today. However, he’s looking for his forever home, so if you’re interested, be sure to fill out an application.
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