BRADENTON, Florida – The coronavirus shut down most businesses this spring. There are, however, a few notable exceptions. It’s all about the silver lining.
Animal shelters are receiving unprecedented demands from new “forever” family members.
And in the best news possible at a shelter – the animals stay put.
Even though they are closed to the public, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue in Bradenton is enjoying unprecedented success in placing pets.
Adoption counselors now work more closely with prospective pet owners online and over the phone before they even see a pet.
It made a positive difference.
So far, their placement rate since the coronavirus disrupted life in March is 100%.
“100% Covid has changed the way we are going to do shelters – animal shelters in the future,” said Dari Oglesby, executive director of Nate’s Honor Rescue. “We will certainly retain some of the policies and procedures that we implemented during this time.”
Oglesby says it’s a win-win for the animals and families at the shelter.
The shelter is unable to fill its dog cabins due to demand. But they are also under construction. So even as businesses open up, Nate will continue with his only security measures by appointment.
As people start to spend more time outside their homes, Oglesby says there are a few things you can do to help your pet adjust. Leaving your home for short periods of time can help your pet get used to your absence. Oglesby says dogs don’t experience time like humans, so you don’t need to stay longer than 10 minutes or so – just a socially distant walk around the block or a quick, safe walk around the neighborhood.