Michigan animal shelters report fewer adoptions, more surrenders

When animal shelters faced very high utilization rates at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one knew how long the pandemic would last, or what would happen to newly adopted pets when life returned to normal.

Now, find out.

Low adoption rates

Ashlynn Clucey is working to be human, a dog rescue in Vineville. The shelter is about five years old, and has seen the same rate of adoption through the roof as other organizations in 2020.

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“It was crazy,” said Cloci. “Everyone wanted a puppy, and everyone wanted to bring a new dog into their family. We took a lot because we had more space, but now we’re seeing those prices come down. We had maybe a week’s worth of adoptions, at this point, and we have 58 dogs in our care.”

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