GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — While adoptions themselves have remained fairly stable, some pet lovers were worried people would grow tired of their COVID pet adoptions and want to get rid of them; but Mesa County Animal Services confirms only one pet has been returned during the pandemic and the Roice-Hurst Humane Society says return numbers have decreased in 2020, compared to previous years.
A big factor, Roice-Hurst says, is the continued support new animal owners get after they adopt a pet.
“We’re not just handing people an animal and then wishing them well,” Anna Stout clarifies,”We’re continuing to provide support and resources for people after they adopt a pet and, for community members who have pets already; we have our pet pantry, we have our short-term boarding program and we have a number of resources in place to make sure that people can hang on to those pets.”
Pets are still able to get fixed at shelters along with that nurturing care.
Other available animal shelters include, but are not limited to:
- Grand Rivers Humane Society
- Harmony Animal Matchmaker and Sanctuary
- Cats League & Assistance of the Western Slope – CLAWS
- For the Howl of It Animal Rescue
- Beautiful Bengals