When the pandemic hit many people found this pandemic pet, but now in 2021 things have changed.
“People started to go back to work, people are now concerned about their financial situation,” DeBoer said.
This has resulted in an increase in the number of pets in shelters as well as delays in sterilizations and sterilizations.
In Freeborn County, they currently have around 16 dogs and 180 cats between the shelter and the foster family.
“We’ve just been at a constant high all year, it seems,” DeBoer said.
In northern Iowa, they typically only have 70 to 75 cats.
“We’re chock full of cats,” said Sybil Soukup, executive director of the Humane Society of North Iowa.
Now they have around 110 of them, but that’s not the only problem human societies face.
“People close their doors on certain days because they don’t have enough staff,” DeBoer said.
Freeborn County has closed its doors to appointments solely for the safety of workers, animals and visitors.
This is the case at the Humane Society of North Iowa.
They reopened to walk-in this summer but recently closed to walk-in only.
“This fall we lost staff going back to university and we struggled to fill those gaps,” Soukup said. She added: “We want to welcome the public to our shelter to meet our animals and fall in love with an animal and bring them home, but you know we want to make sure that we are able to give a good service to the visiting public. “
Even though they face these issues, they find ways to get animals into more homes.
In Iowa, they ask people to adopt two cats if they can.
“Because saving two lives is twice as good,” Soukup said.
And the Humane Society of Freeborn Count is offering a lower fee to help get more into homes so they can help more animals.
“At home for the holidays, we do cat and kitten adoptions for $ 25 with an approved application and our dogs cost $ 75,” DeBoer said.
They hope the future will improve after this difficult time.
“There will always be too many kittens on the floor, there will always be spaying and spaying to do, but maybe we’ll have caught up a bit,” DeBoer said.
“We’ve had a rough time and we’re going through one right now, but we’re still doing it because these animals we have to do! These animals depend on us,” Soukup said.
The two aid companies said they could still use supplies such as cat litter and pet food, but also cash donations to help pay vet bills and keep shelters running.
They said the greatest thing you can do to help right now is bring one of their pets home.