Pet Adoption Returns Skyrocketing to Colorado Dog Rescue

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SHERIDAN, Colo. (KDVR) — Puppy adoptions skyrocketed during the pandemic, but now the exact opposite is happening. Animal rescues are seeing a record number of dogs being returned.

MAMCO, short for Moms and Mutts, supports pregnant and nursing dogs and their puppies. The rescue said they were experiencing an alarming rate of adoption returns.

“We’re at 163 returns right now, most of them, the majority of them were dogs that were adopted in 2020,” MAMCO executive director Aron Jones said.

Jones and his team said they were overwhelmed with the comebacks that happened almost every day.

“We make progress in finding foster homes for current returns, and then we get five or six more emails with same-day return requests,” Jones said. “It’s just a little defeatist and frustrating and money is tight, supplies are tight, adoptions are slow. It’s just been a really tough year overall.

Adoptions at MAMCO are the slowest they have been in three years according to Jones. The reasoning behind each return makes the situation more difficult for her to understand.

“Ninety-nine percent of them come back to us because something has changed in their human life, not because they’ve done anything,” Jones said. “Travel has been big this year, they want to travel and don’t want to take their dogs on board. I get angry, I get angry when people make these decisions and don’t think about the impact it’s going to have on the dog.

You can find more information on how to help MAMCO on the website.

Dumb Friends League has also seen an increase in dropouts due to owners moving out of state or to accommodations that don’t allow them to have pets. On average, the shelter had typically served 600 to 700 animals, but recently that number has spiked to between 800 and 1,000. However, officials say there has recently been a surge of support and adoptions bringing the shelter closer to its average.

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