Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

The Bernalillo County Animal Shelter is seeing an influx of returned pets

“Right now we really have an influx of kittens, we even had someone who didn’t want to join us until 17 yesterday afternoon,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez said she blames the pandemic for the increase in animals they care for because people have found it difficult to get their pets neutered or neutered.

“We’re also seeing on the downside that people who were adopted during COVID, who we’ve seen this surge in adoptions, unfortunately go back to work or cannot find work and must now bring those pets back,” she said.

The center has eight open positions for zookeepers, but everything is on deck for now.

“Our staff are doing everything we can to look after the pets, and that’s where we are now. We need the help of the public, anyone who is interested, whether they are currently adopting or even fostering,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez said if they are unable to adopt or foster, people can still help by volunteering to spend time with the pets at the shelter.

“Our pets only need to get out of their cages for a few minutes, 30 minutes just to play, and it makes them better to be adopted, too,” she said.

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