Huge Increase In Dog And Cat Adoptions

By Hope Bidegainberry on April 14, 2020
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The coronavirus outbreak has prompted an increased number of people to open up their homes to pets in need of adoption. It’s the perfect time to adopt, we have the time and we’re staying home all day long.

People are now having some more time to settle pets into their home, and are looking to do some good by rescuing animals who are waiting for their own home.

KTVU visited two dog rescue groups in San Francisco to see how things have changed:

Sherri Franklin, founder of Muttville, a senior dog rescue group in San Francisco, is using her phone to show Ziggy, an 8-year-old Chihuahua, to a person who’s interested in adopting a dog.  

All meet and greets are done via FaceTime or Zoom since Muttville’s offices are closed.

Franklin said applications from people who want to foster or adopt a dog have flooded the nonprofit.

There are normally 20 to 25 applications a week. That number jumped to 120 the first week of the stay- at-home order.   


In the Bayview, Family Dog Rescue is also plenty busy. Walk-in’s are no longer allowed.

People wanting to adopt have to fill out an application and make an appointment. The first available slot is next month.

Family Dog Rescue’s executive director Ilsa Jule said the number of adoptions has nearly doubled in March compared to February.   

Before the pandemic, there would be plenty of people stopping by just to look. 

Rescue groups are thrilled that so many people want to adopt dogs now.

But they are advising people to have a plan in place on how to care for their new pet once the shelter in place order is lifted.