National data collected by 24PetWatch reports a 36% drop in pet adoptions during COVID-19

chicago–(working wire) — As the world continues to navigate through a new reality, animal shelters across the United States are encouraging Americans to remember the numbers of pets in the country that remain vulnerable and in need. Shelters from coast to coast are working together to raise awareness of the need and benefits of pet adoption as they prepare to increase the number of animals that will require permanent homes when the pandemic finally subsides.

While the number of animals in nurseries has increased by more than 35 percent since mid-March, the national data was collected by 24Pet® ShelterWatch It points to post-pandemic challenges due to an expected increase in animal admissions to shelters which, given the temporary restrictions in place, cannot currently be accommodated. And the problem will be exacerbated further if animals currently in foster care are returned to shelters when people return to work.

Although many shelters have reduced capacity and some have even closed their doors to the public in light of the current pandemic, at least 105,126 new animals have arrived at the 1,191 shelters monitored in 24Pet® ShelterWatch Report since the beginning of the epidemic. This number contrasts with the 212,733 that arrived during the same period last year 51 percent due to the crisis.

“While we are comforted by the great interest in care during this turbulent time, the numbers point to a challenging few months and years ahead if we are unable to find permanent homes for animals coming into shelters and into foster homes,” said Michelle Cole, Head of Marketing and Sales. At Pethealth Inc. , the parent company of 24PetWatch. “As we look to improve long-term outcomes for these animals, we call on all Americans to consider the benefits of adopting a pet, including reduced stress levels, increased physical activity, and the benefits that come from the companionship and unconditional love animals provide.”

In numbers: U.S. pet statistics comparing March 13 to April 26, 2020, to the same period in 2019

Shelters across the country are working tirelessly to deal with the impact of the pandemic and prepare for the expected surge in animal admissions to shelters post-pandemic. Data was collected from 1,191 shelters tracked 24 bitwatch It revealed the following trends and ideas:

  • There are currently a total of 121,263 dogs and cats under shelter care (down 18 percent)

  • 105,126 dogs and cats entered shelters

    • 61,581 dogs entered shelters (down 47 percent)

    • 43,545 cats entered shelters (55 percent decrease)

  • 51,158 dogs and cats entered foster care

    • 27,698 dogs were fostered (an increase of 47 percent)

    • 23,460 cats fostered (7 percent increase)

  • 75508 Dogs and cats adopted

    • 45,716 dogs adopted (down 27 percent)

    • 29,792 cats adopted (down 30 percent)

Connecting Americans with animal shelters to increase animal adoptions

24PetWatch makes key data available each week to inform national and regional strategies and efforts, uniting the American shelter community in its collective effort to support animal welfare at this critical time. The 24Pet® ShelterWatch Report: Impact of COVID-19 Available to the general public, Americans are encouraged to read it to learn more about animal shelter gatherings.

“While shelter staff work hard in every area of ​​the country to protect and care for animals at risk, most shelters are dealing with changes in operations and staff reductions,” Cole said. “We want to remind Americans that if you are having trouble contacting a shelter in your area, be patient and reach out to multiple organizations.”

In addition to contacting local shelters to apply for adoption, Americans who want to adopt are encouraged to visit the pet adoption sites,, or for more information.

About the 24Pet® ShelterWatch Report: The Impact of COVID-19

The 24Pet® ShelterWatch Report: Impact of COVID-19 It is a weekly measure of the number of homeless pets in the United States sponsored by 1,191 animal welfare organizations. Representing approximately 35 percent of our nation’s shelter animal population, the report relies on shelters, industry leaders, and Americans from coast to coast as an accurate assessment of changes in animal entry and exit from shelters and the potential impact of these changes in the future.

This initiative reflects 24PetWatch’s commitment to transparency and sharing data-driven insights with others who invest in our vulnerable animal population.

The numbers and data contained in this press release and in the 24Pet® ShelterWatch Report: COVID-19 Impact are from sources that 24PetWatch believes to be reliable, but have not been verified by 24PetWatch or any of its affiliates. 24PetWatch and its affiliates disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any such information.

About 24PetWatch®

24PetWatch®, North America’s leading pet insurance and pet protection services company, provides software and microchips to 1,500 animal shelters and rescues in the United States. For more information visit

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