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Twin Falls Animal Shelter sees changes in pet adoptions

Posted at 5:46 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 19:46:12-04

TWIN FALLS — Adopting a pet has changed a lot recently to keep up with social distancing guidelines, and that has impacted the number of pets being adopted at the Twin Falls Animal Shelter.

The shelter does their adoptions through curbside pick up now, forcing them to rely on their Facebook page to display their animals.

"We have a very active and proactive Facebook page that shows the kitties pictures and describes their temperament to the best of our ability," Debbie Blackwood, Director of Twin Falls Animal Shelter, said.

Because people have to see the animals through pictures instead of face to face, Blackwood says this has put a damper on the number of cats adopted.

"We can't do curbside cat adoptions as well, I mean cats don't want to be taken out on a carrier I mean you can't take them out on a carrier they might get frightened and run away," Blackwood said.

Blackwood says they have been implementing different cat adoption processes to make sure it all goes well.

"What we require since our curbside adoptions did not work for the kitties, we encourage people to call us to discuss this, what do you want, and see if we could put a good match together," Blackwood said.

Although the number of cat adoptions has decreased, the number of dog adoptions has increased.

"But I'm really happy with the adoptions that we have been blessed to have with this shutdown," Blackwood said.

And Blackwood says with summer right around the corner, she expects to see the number in cat adoptions rise.

If you are interested in adopting a pet visit the Twin Falls Animal Shelter Facebook page.