When the pandemic started and people began jumping on the doggy adoption train there was a lot of concern that after things got back to normal, whatever normal is, there would be a mass dumping of dogs back to the shelter or rescue or given to friends and family.
The reality is that this has not happened. In fact, what we are finding is that because of the shortage of dogs of all types our adoption area has greatly expanded and many have been looking for an adult dog or puppy for several months before they finally find themselves in the right place at the right time to adopt their perfect dog.
During the wait time, we are finding that potential adopters are doing research about breeds and sizes and ages and working hard to find the right dog for this time in their lives. And once they have a dog they are investing time and training into their new dog.
The national return to shelter rate is a little under 25%. What does that mean? It means that throughout the United States about a quarter of all dogs do not stay in their adoptive homes. Sometimes the reasons are valid, they did not know the dog hated cats, or maybe within a month or so someone lost a job and could no longer afford to care for a dog, or a forced move could mean the new landlord doesn’t allow dogs. Sometimes, however, the decision to adopt a dog was done on a spur of the moment only to find out they weren’t willing to take the time and energy to have a dog.
We are proud because our return to shelter rate has actually dropped during this pandemic. With more time to invest in their dogs and the intense need for companionship, rescue dogs are finding homes and it’s working out great. We screen our families and work hard to make a great fit. Often people come in with an idea of what kind of dog they want but after meeting with their adoption counselor walk out with a totally different but much better dog for their situation. Our return to shelter rate is well under 10% and those who do come back usually have an excellent reason as sad as it is.
Our mission has not changed as a result of the pandemic. While getting dogs has been more difficult and finding the financial resources to do all we do, our mission is to create a world where every dog can be surrounded by love. We get enormous satisfaction by connecting people and dogs because, as simple as it sounds, love is just a wag away.
We know that placing a dog in a home is only the beginning. Please call us if you have a question. We also have a blog on our site filled with articles that can help you. Our frequently asked questions section on our site has some outstanding information and resources and we are continually adding more. Liking and following us on Facebook is another way to continue learning about the best way to be a responsible dog owner as we post daily.
Here are a few obvious ways to be a responsible dog owner but our FAQ page has tons of articles and ideas on every phase of dog ownership. We continue updating and guiding new owners to resources so that we continue having one of the lowest return to shelter rates in the country. Dogs are awesome. They are even better with boundaries, training, and love!