NORFOLK, Va. - Some good news to share: The ASPCA is reporting pet adoptions are on the rise across the nation, and that includes the Norfolk SPCA Adoption Center here in Hampton Roads.
"During the COVID-19 crisis, we have kept a very calm and moderate course," said Executive Director Kimberly Sherlaw.
The coronavirus pandemic is proving that man may be turning to his best friend in a time of loneliness and isolation.
"We are actually up by 6 percent. Part of that is because we have kept a positive attitude and have been adaptable to the public," said Sherlaw.
Sherlaw reports 485 pets have been adopted since January, averaging about 30 pets a week.
"There is a huge bond between humans and animals and that comes in all forms," said Sherlaw.
That companionship from a furry friend may be just what the doctor ordered during this outbreak.
"During this time everyone is home, bringing in a new pet can be a bonding experience lowering anxiety and stress, you are concentrating on something that is happy and positive," Sherlaw explained.
Sherlaw says with this extra time at home its also the perfect time to work on training, get exercise, and establish meal routines.
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"That is going to be so valuable for you six months from now. It's sort of a silver lining," said Sherlaw,
While adoptions are up, donations are slightly down.
"Operating the shelter is a $2.8 million budget," said Sherlaw.
She says they can use things such as laundry detergent, pet food, blankets and towels.
If you would like to adopt or donate check out their Facebook page. Everything is done curbside for social distancing - even vaccines and wellness appointments.