Pandemic pet adoptions, and tips to transition pets to a new home

Steve Dale’s Petcast

Salem, Massachusetts, USA – 01 February, 2012 – Puppies wait to be adopted at the New England Animal Shelter in Salem, Massachuetts, on February 1, 2012, while volunteers take dogs out for walks. The shelter has 50 dogs, 19 puppies and 37 cats at this time. The number of animals being euthanized in shelters is shrinking. Shelters now work together and donor support is up. Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor

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The pandemic has been great for no one – except for dogs and cats at shelters in the U.S. As the pandemic hit, adoptions and fostering in so many cities hit record numbers. I chat with Dr. Ellen Jefferson, president and CEO Austin and American Pets Alive. So, why have adoptions and fosters in so many cities hit new highs? Dr. Jefferson offers many helpful tips on acclimating dogs or cats into any new setting, whether it’s the White House or your house. And tips on how to successfully introduce new pets into homes with existing animals? We talk about foster sleepovers, and what exactly they are. And once you do adopt is there a super-secret way to make the bond stick with that new family? And finally, Dr. Jeferson offers tips on diet and treats in the new home.

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Steve Dale, certified animal behavior consultant, is host of two nationally syndicated radio shows–Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute–as well as host of Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio, Chicago. (Click for more.)