The world has been struggling with the devastating impacts of COVID-19. And in some parts of the world, it’s not only people who have been weathering this situation – animals have, too!
More than three dozen animals, including dogs, have arrived in the state of Massachusetts from the Humane Society of St. Thomas. They are looking for a refuge and safe haven after surviving the following devastating events: two hurricanes and the coronavirus pandemic.
The pets’ struggle
For the rescued 38 pets, which are a mix of cats and dogs, getting adopted has been a struggle ever since two hurricanes, Maria and Irma, struck St. Thomas three years ago. Now, the ongoing pandemic has slowed down the visit of tourists to the island, dampening the animals’ hopes of getting adopted.
Fortunately, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) has sprung into action to increase the chances of the animals to find loving homes. In a statement, the said organization explains that all the animals have been transported to the New England state, and a call for residents to take them in has also been issued.
Mike Keiley, a director of adoption programs for MSPCA-Angell, says that nine of the pets have been staying in the organization's shelter for over a year, including a 12-year-old cat who has arrived in 2014.
The pets are highly adoptable
The cats and dogs are currently under quarantine at the Cape Cod facility of MSPCA. This is to ensure that they are all clean and clear before going to their new families. Officials hope to have these animals ready for their new homes on or right after September 23.
Mike stresses that they consider the cats and dogs highly adoptable, and that these cute critters will make wonderful pets for families. Moreover, the animals will help the organization to meet the demands for pets, which have only gotten more intense since the onset of the pandemic.
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