Animal adoption dynamics, particularly on dogs, has become a high-nosed affair in big cities throughout America during covid isolation times. When things start to open up again, that canine shelter administration attitude has come back to haunt them.
It’s the cooling of ‘the puppy boom’. As pandemic loneliness wears down, is not so unbearable anymore. Inversely related to the possibility of starting to do more outdoorsy things again. The type of planning anxiety that people, in general, were missing as they were kept from each other.
Vacation-planning, no full-time WFH (work from home) has been replacing ‘shelter in place’. Given the choice of scouring doggie sites till the wee hours of the morning, or loudly singing together with other friends, humans tend to prefer the latter.
So, adoption application rates are starting to dwindle at animal shelters. In many cases, it’s been reported those numbers have gone back to pre-declared pandemic rates. Thus, power has been handed back to the potential dog adopter.
Instead of desperately getting whatever comes their way after experiencing so much adoption rejection, would-be adopters are now ‘luxuriously’ engaging in talking things over when told they could get the dog. Rates of hair shedding vs. similarly attractive behavior to a long-lost dog are discussed.
Nevermind that dog admin would keep nudging the adoption potential as a ‘love match’. When potential adoption clients announce needing more time to think about it, staff disappointment now replaces the rejection would-be adopters were commonly feeling just a few months back.
Even when the targeted dog is making it obvious to all that it may be for the best to take the pooch, the targeted adopter still has second thoughts as it guiltily pats the dog down with an ‘I might come back’. “Don’t worry” is now making dog pound staff worry.
Modern dog adoption can now be seen during modern pandemic dynamics as a boom for those dogs seen as the most undesirable to get.
Well, at least, someone got a good deal out of it.