Pet adoption numbers at the BC SPCA this summer have dropped for the first time since the pandemic.

According to the BC SPCA, applications for pet adoption saw a significant uptick during the height of COVID-19 as people searched for companionship from a pet during social isolation.

“When a puppy came into our care, we would have multiple applications, sometimes up to 100 within 24 hours,” said Lorie Chortyk, general communications manager for the BC SPCA.

“People were very keen to adopt, and this interest in adoption has remained strong until now.”

Chortyk says summer applications for all types of animals have nearly come to a full stop at the SPCA.

“We currently have more than 1,500 animals in our care. About 700 in our shelters and the rest in volunteer foster homes, but this year we have so many other animals awaiting their forever homes as well,” she said.

So far, the BC SPCA have already adopted out more than 5,000 animals this year.

The most commonly adopted animals are dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, but the BC SPCA has a wide range of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, other small animals, and even farm animals.

The BC SPCA currently has twice the amount of rabbits than they did this time last year, as well as guinea pigs, hamsters and other small animals.

If you’re interested in adopting a furry friend you can visit the BC SPCA website.

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