Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Night Light Tulsa, a social services group that offers weekly dinner and living necessities for homeless or needy people, has added pets to its list of those it helps.
Every week for the last year, Tulsa animal welfare staff has handed out 850 pounds of dog and cat food, according to Susan Stoker, animal welfare field supervisor. The program, Feed the Pets of Tulsa's Homeless, is 100% donation-funded and offers petfood and connects people in need with basic pet care. The workers also facilitate donated services from area veterinarians who provide free rabies vaccinations, spaying and neutering.
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.