Pet adoptions are unexpectedly raising during COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on April 15, 2020 with No Comments


Markel and Lyric Artwell with their cat Louie.

The COVID-19 situation and Indiana stay-at-home orders have increased pet adoptions at Second Chance 4 Pets Network, a leading no kill rescue organization based in Whiting.

The rescue’s pet population has decreased as people are welcoming pets in their homes despite the once uncertain fear that they can spread the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 to humans, a position confirmed by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Meanwhile, CDC suggests that people who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, should restrict contact with their pets.

SC4Pets has postponed all activities, including adoptions, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The animal rescue is now offering an online version of applications and looking for local residents who are willing to adopt or foster pets.

Since we cannot do in-store adoption events, we have had to look at different ways of marketing our pets including online-adopting applications and social media,” said JoAnn Palko, president and founder of SC4Pets. “If a person is interested in a particular pet, our fosters can send videos to keep them close enough to see their chosen pets.”

While most people are in quarantine, Palko believes this could be an opportunity to share a home with a loving fluffy pet.

My daughter Lyric and I are excited to bring Louie [an adopted cat] home and I wish that we could take all these cats,” said Markel Artwell, an adopter from Calumet City, Illinois.

Second Chance 4 Pets Network is a 501(c) (3) non-profit animal rescue organization committed to helping people help animals. For more information visit


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