Jim Tedford, Tracy Elliott, Animals, Coronavirus, Dogs, Pets, Foster Care, Cats, Viruses, Adoption

Jim Tedford, Tracy Elliott

People and pets help each other through coronavirus pandemic

People across the country are taking in animals to foster in a time of need.

4/7/2020 12:07:00 AM

LOTS TO SEE: Kittens from the Atlanta Humane Society got a chance to do some exploring while the Georgia Aquarium is closed to the general public.

People across the country are taking in animals to foster in a time of need.

playing an important role in helping humans get through this difficult time. Shelter-in-place orders around the country have even created a surge in demand for pets to provide both companionship and comfort."There is now a huge interest in fostering dogs and cats," said Tracy Elliott, president of the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society."We have hundreds and hundreds of people waiting." Elliott said the society also experienced a run on adoptions before it had to close its buildings.

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Elliott points to the numbers. Normally the society might have around 100 dogs in foster care on any given day, but now 214 are being fostered. And their kennel no longer has nearly enough animals to meet demand.The same story can be found across the U.S.

"We saw a nearly 70 percent increase in animals going into foster care through our NYC and Los Angeles foster programs, compared to the same time period in 2019," the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement provided to ABC News."In addition, since March 15, more than 600 people completed online foster applications for our New York City and Los Angeles foster programs, representing a 200 percent increase when compared to traditional application numbers during this period."

Jomarie Bolich, Hillside SPCA employee, cleans a cat tree in the facility's cat area in Pottsville, Pa., Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, Hillside employees are cleaning more often and wearing masks and gloves while only allowing two visitors at a time in the cat area.

Jomarie Bolich, Hillside SPCA employee, cleans a cat tree in the facility's cat area in Pottsville, Pa., Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, Hillside employees are cleaning more often and wearing masks and gloves while only allowing two visitors at a time in the cat area.

Lindsey Shuey/Republican-Herald via APJim Tedford, the CEO of the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, a professional organization for public and private animal shelters, said he's heard about shelters being"relatively emptied out," because so many people have volunteered to foster or adopt pets.

"I've heard from a number of shelters who actually say they've got a backlog of up to a thousand volunteer foster homes on a list, waiting for animals to take care of," Tedford said.The"need" element works both ways: More and more animals need caretakers as shelter workers are forced to stay home, so shelters reached out to their respective communities for volunteers to foster and adopt those pets.

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But the animals are giving back just as much, fulfilling human needs amplified by social distancing. Read more: ABC News »

How fabulous - best news ever 🐾 CanOfWhoopAssss Excuse me, but they are breaking the social distance orders! Why hasn’t the local sheriff arrested them yet?!?!? AshleyMoodyFL Well Done good people of the world That's brilliant news Wonderful News!!!! Ok we see all the females that work there. Where are all the men that work there?

doberkidz Great news, its like winning the lotary. Are these people now out of work? Thank you for all that you do! Wonderful 👏👏❤️ And we can only hope they all went to safe loving homes and dont end up back there. Thank you 😊 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 ❤️❤️❤️ That's awesome!! As a rescue Mom this is so heartwarming

❤️ This is the best tweet I have ever seen 😘🐕 Yes sir let's go! dianafromprague Believe me, 1 week after corona vaccin they will be full again. God bless and reward you. Imagining ... How many bacteria from dog saliva ... And among sufferers are children Social distancing ffs God bless those people who took in an animal to care for.

This is amazing, I hope they've all gone to good and loving homes 💕 LouiseQuoVadis Not a time to cheer, really... Meat is scarce. Thank you 🙏 Pets need good homes 🐕 🐈 🏡 that's good Dream come true 😍😍😍😍😍 Im gonna need some better social distancing guidelines being practiced What a great thing! Now please, don’t let them be full again after the pandemic is over

wow, ABC actually pushing a nice story...they hope for the worst...nice relief Ready for Creepy Joe Biden to fill them with illegal immigrants, exactly as he and Obama did before and for the Street Gangs merely wearing Red or Blue standing on Regional Cities street corners vs overcrowded, now infected Federal Prisons.

I like to see this stuff. People are out of work with no money 🤔🤔. Is it any wonder animals are disappearing in neighborhoods and being picked up at kennels , I’m guessing a lot of these critters are ending up on dinner tables so don’t get excited Big 😊 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Great moment yea 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Take the good with bad, happy for all the puppers

What wonderful news! Too many people there 😬 Congrats!!!!! 🙏❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ Bless all of you 🙏 Jesus Awesome! waltalexxander 😎♥️ 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👌🏽👍🏽👋🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 Great job Such wonderful news. Good news, thank you 🥰🥰 Oh kennels I was ganna say they all look like they were in jail cells Such a wonderful good news story at the perfect time!

Congrats to all of you and three cheers... HoltonBarb Hi Barbara. If all these people can be at an EMPTY kennel to make a feel-good video, then perhaps there is hope for cautiously re-opening parts of the economy. What they didn’t say is that China bought them all for their wet markets Help us in the poor rural shelters of Louisiana! These pups have been waiting since Hurricane Barry! shelter QuarantineLife rescuedogs

Congratulations to all of the staffers👏👏👏👏👏 May adopted dogs live happily with their new owners🐶🐕❗️ Now let's work on the small rural shelters IPAC Iberia Louisiana Struggling with long term dogs, still recovering from TS Barry. Happy news! Dogs people PRAYING THESE R FOREVER ADOPTIONS, NOT CONVENIENCE ADOPTIONS

love That seems like a lot of people working in a kennel doesn’t it? Good job ABC. Reporting real and good stories for the first time history👏👏👏👏 CutlerRidgeLAZ Hey!!!!!! This is “good news,” you guys aren’t supposed to report the “good news!!!!” Stay in your lane.... WilliamColvard Happy news. Almost looks like a jail in there.

I see no social distancing people I hope China didn’t buy them! Girl at the end is bad as fuck What happens when everyone goes back to work? Kennels fill back up. I didN't know that women are so fond of the job of looking after dogs in cages. Very good news,God bless all those. They will be rounding up those animals soon enough after all this phoney sympathy ends, just like hero status for grocery and retail workers we will be back to the $$$ class soon enough when we all go back to judging each other on our income and lifestyles.

How many did they put to “sleep “ ? Puppies! 👍 BretBaier Good job to all! Wow, that is fantastic. I hope this is true since it is abc reporting That's around 3 grand a pup. It wouldn't be hard to track down the robbers using the pups with this case. An expensive dog breed like that would stick out like an sore thumb. Sadly, those lowlifes will probably end up killing the puppies.

I just hope they have gone to good homes. And don’t end up chained up outside all day when this is over ! Congratulations! Much love! When food banks run out, animal shelters suddenly popular. I know them! That's Kibbles and Bits! this is great sadly many of these families will forfeit their animals after this is all over be cause they wont have time to care for them

Puppies shouldn’t be sold in pet stores. I don’t feel bad for the business owner. Toilet paper now puppies? What a 'dog-gone' shame. It’s great. But.... What I'm concerned about is that when all this is over, many of those dogs will be returned. Much easier to take care of a dog when you're home 24/7 and bored out of your mind.

BretBaier This is amazing 🙋🏼‍♀️ BretBaier Stocking the fridge. WOW! That's a lot of unconditional love and puppy poo! Pets are now becoming a threat to human to human relationships... Yeah, but what happens when we all get back to work and suddenly the 4-legged companion whose companionship got you through quarantine becomes a burden you have to take for walks/hang with instead of your friends? My prediction: shelters post-Corona more packed than ever.

I LOVE THIS VIDEO👏👏👏 Not a single male among the group of volunteers. That’s definitely a wonderful news. I just hope that the owners wouldn’t abandon their pets after the pandemic is over How hard will it be to track down a couple of thugs with 20 dogs? Our kennel been closed for the longest , I check each week 😒 be nice to be able to adopt a dog here

Those pups orchestrated the breakout from the inside. They’re probably in a non-extradition country right now, eating good and restoring old boats! ivebeeninsidetoolong Wtf is wrong w people?!? They're puppy mill dogs anyway. Someone needs to rob the actual mills they come from so they have zero profits.

This is amazing but why are there so many women in there, all so close together? Especially if there are no animals needing care....? The racist replies about the Asian community are SO uncalled for. Just ignorant and rude. $3000+ per puppy? Thieves stealing from thieves Don't dog have A CHIP implanted? Can it monitored their locations?

That's about $3,200 for each dog. The real crime is being committed by that store. These are your Moderators in the Comment section at Please clean up your Mods. Can we bring back stoning? 😡hope they get them I wouldn't go to any local chinese restaurant now. Omg cmon.... Omg they keep them in boxes overnight with no one there to watch them? What kind of monsters run this place Do NOT buy animals from these shitty people.

Lol This is why money, man's invention, makes God look like a complete idiot. Money is so much better than anything the creator provides us for life, liberty and happiness. End the lock-down, I need my man-made reward system back to normal! Karma's a bitch 😥😥😥😥😥😥🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶 What is wrong with people? I hope they get caught and those puppies are returned safe and unharmed.

your linked article has nothing to do with stolen puppies. I feel manipulated! 😤 Scumbags jelenakarajcic LindsayLiquori That's so cute ! These cats been tested? You just gonna take a chance on spreading this virus to the fish so when the public returns they can be infected? It also promotes violence as fish are natural prey for cats! Who’s idea is this?

cambastien1 pamerlz Jaaannnnnnnnnn KatieGildner Then the cat's world view collapsed.😭 Pleasure to watch it breaks the tension. Beautiful ABC news Maybe I'll watch these for 60-90 min each day, during the covid pressers Want to touch the fishy Made my day Those kittens are adorables... So adorable 😻 I’m here for this content.

this is so cute! ❤ I didn't see the scuba diver before. Blow with it. Some awesome person took kittens to the aquarium!! VLADDO Aww 🥰 HeidiWigdahl 😂 I love it!! ryanbarta This is amazing!!! Nice So abc views this as more newsworthy than covering insider trading by politicians in Washington DC for decades & the Epstein case. What exactly is the purpose of abc news again

Love this Go meowtins! My Cat would have wanted those fish ... yum yum! This is so cute A thing of beauty 10번 국민의당 출석^^ I just want to kiss their noses (best kitty part)!! I can’t help it. When I see a cute kitty, I just start kissing them. Thank you for making me smiling They should keep doing this at night even when quarantine is over

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Why anahi_qb Too cute ty The kittens look scared and overwhelmed in a strange place. Peeerrrrrrrrrfect 😺 5 years later, they were all addicted to catnip, trying to recreate that high the experienced that day. Absolutely ADORABLE! There's nothing sweeter in the world than baby kittens. Nothing. rokunanashi Im crying happy tears

Adorable abbyyrose8 awe I wish we could take Jasper & Izzy to the aquarium So adorable! joy johannagavert, 88markieboi88 Show them the shark tank?😂😂 skybluebink Dinner!!😹😹😹 RandyTRowe Then they grow to be great athletes capable of incredible feats... Wow, an indescribably beautiful spectacle never-before-seen!

Lovely video! 💕♥️❤️ Mmmm.....they look delicious! 🐾❤️🐾 sign me up! I want all of them! 🤭 My cats would love to do that. What a delight to kitten senses. So cute Kitten seeing 🐠: ‘I’ll take that one and that one and one of those.’ Kitten seeing jellyfish: ‘Not you.’ SarahDumb4 Curiosity! Aww, so adorable! aquariumtour🐈

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