The Federation's petfood program will begin on January 1; pet owners will be able to acquire petfood through the distribution channels already in place for the organization's other services. "The organization is working to develop an additional network throughout the city and suburbs to provide petfood to those in need," said Executive Director Dan Gibbons. The hope is that such assistance will reduce the number of pets being given up due to their owners' situations in the current economic climate.
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.