Recent mudslides in Washington state have affected entire families, including their pets, and Cargill Animal Nutrition is one of the entities stepping in to help. The company donated 27 tons of petfood to Darrington, Wash., adding to existing donations from the community and outsiders.
The full number of pets and livestock killed may never be known, according to incident spokespeople. Authorities also don't have a clear number of how many pets are missing or displaced by the slide. There were at least 37 horses displaced and at least 10 dogs that were missing as of March 31.
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.