Shelter Animals Count Releases COVID-19 Impact 3-Year Comparison Report
September 30, 2021 — From ShelterAnimalsCount.org, an independent nonprofit that is home to The National Database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights to save lives:
Shelter Animals Count (SAC), The National Database of animal sheltering statistics, enables fact-based insights to improve animal welfare in the United States.
SAC just released its latest report analyzing data for the first halves of the last three years (2019, 2020 and 2021). The report compares data from the first six months of 2019, 2020 and 2021 to look at pandemic-related trends in animal welfare.
Three hundred forty one animal welfare organizations across the United States provided complete data for the 18 months covered in the study, and only that data was included in the report.
This report provides clues as to whether 2021 numbers are following a predictable trend as we move towards a “new normal,” or if things are still abnormal due to special market behavior. Based on the analysis, it appears that 2021 is following a normal pre-pandemic trend so far.
More people are keeping their pets, based on intake numbers remaining at pandemic level lows overall, and an almost insignificant increase in owner surrender since the pandemic began.