“Adoptions set a record in the U.S. early in the pandemic, but now millions of animals could be in danger of being abandoned or returned to shelters.”Credit … Whitney Curtis for The New York Times
“When Esther Deshommes moved her family halfway across the country in June, she never considered leaving their two cats behind.
“Ms. Deshommes, 36, is a tutor; her husband is a barber. Both lost their jobs early on in the pandemic, and with savings drying up, decided to move with their three children from Rockland County, N.Y., to stay with family in St. Louis.
“But they hit a snag: Ms. Deshommes’s stepfather is allergic to Nova and Luna Bear, their two tabby cats, and pet-friendly apartments in St. Louis that were within the family’s budget of $1,100 per month were limited.
“’My 6-year-old looked at me, crying,’ said Ms. Deshommes,’and he said, “Mom, you don’t leave family behind.”‘”
“Pet adoptions reached an all-time high in the U.S. in the early months of the pandemic, with animal foster applications increasing 500 percent in some cities. Many animal shelters were cleared out completely.”
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