The pandemic puppy
Animatch and many rescues report that they are running out of dogs for adoption. Part of the reason that there are less dogs available is the fact that people are not giving them up as quickly – right now there is more time to devote to them (which is a good thing and we hope they remain committed). Also, there are very few Northern Dogs or dogs from outside the province due to travel restrictions. The demand for dogs during the lockdown is incredibly high; vets are seeing far more puppies and new puppies can be seen in various neighbourhoods like never before. Is the country running out of dogs? Of course not, puppy mills and backyard breeders are doing a smashing business; reputable breeders feel that this is not a good time to breed puppies since they may lack socialization because of the distancing. All we can hope is that families have gone into this ready for the 10 to 15-year commitment.
Most rescues are bracing for an influx of dogs in 4-5 months when families are faced with a return to the post pandemic lifestyle which includes a return to work and school, shorter days, colder weather, and a cute puppy who is now an adolescent and in desperate need of training and boundaries. As people eventually ease out of lockdown, separation anxiety may well be an issue. If a puppy was not a consideration before the pandemic, it may be a short-term project.
How is this affecting Animatch? Animatch is experiencing a massive upswing in the number of applications received and a lot less dogs that are available. We estimate that in the same time period in 2020 compared to 2019, we have received 3 to 4 times more applications. Because the volume of applications is so high, it would be impossible to contact each applicant. Animatch will only contact those who meet ALL the requirements for the available dogs. For this reason, we ask that you READ each dog’s bio and the information listed below the bio. In addition to applications, we are receiving 50+ e-mails per day asking for information that is readily available on our website. Answers to questions such as “Does Elvis like cats?”, “How much does he cost?”, and “How old is he?” can all be found in each dog’s bio or under “Adoption Process”. These e-mails (and phone calls) will no longer be answered. Please only complete one application even if you decide to apply for more than one dog; they are kept for two months.
In the meantime, be well and stay safe.