Guide to adopting a shelter pet

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While families may want to rush out and adopt a pet right away, careful consideration must be given before bringing a new pet into a home. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of changes to daily life. One of the positive effects of COVID-19 is that many individuals have turned to pets to tame loneliness or bring some brightness into their lives amid all the uncertainty and turbulence. In April 2020, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said applications to foster dogs and cats was up 200%. In addition, PetPoint, a software system shared by shelters nationwide, showed fostering and adoptions were up by 700% since 2019. A TD Ameritrade survey found 33% of Americans have considered fostering or adopting a furry friend during the pandemic. While families may want to rush out and adopt a pet right away, careful consideration must be given before bringing a new pet into a home. Exp
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