WISCONSIN — Some animal shelters have seen an increased in adoptions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Whether it's a dog or a cat, pets can be a good way to de-stress and relax during this health crisis. Now, with many people still working from home and kids home from school, some families are turning to pets to cope.
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According to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), the number of dog and cat adoptions has increased since this time last year.
Last year at this time, there had been 576 cat adoptions and 324 dog adoptions. This year, however, those numbers have jumped to 628 cats and 293 dogs.
The same goes the Wisconsin Humane Society. While the total intake of animals has lowered, the percentage of animals adopted out has increased.
In 2019, the Wisconsin Humane Society saw around 70-percent of their animal intake adopted. However, in 2020, they have seen around an 80-percent adoption rate. That is a 10-percent increase.
This is a trend that has been true of all 2020; however, there was a huge spike in adoptions as soon as businesses and restaurants started shutting down due to the coronavirus.