According to the American Humane Society, there are nearly 4 million pets in animal shelters across the country.
October is national adopt a pet month, and amid the pandemic, people are turning to their furry friends for support.
While the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning hasn't seen a spike in adoptions, the director says adopting a pet is a big responsibility that takes a lot of research. Not every dog is a good fit for every family, that's why the shelter requires at least two visitations. Officials say when considering adopting a pet, think about your lifestyle to make sure you can provide enough exercise and enrichment.
Shelter Director Tom Connors says pet owners need to be prepared for the financial responsibility as well.
"These animals are expensive. There are yearly vet visits and sometimes they get sick or get hurt so you have to remember there is a cost involved. They become a part of your family and you need to be willing to treat them like that," said Connors
The Carbon County Animal Shelter currently has 12 dogs up for adoption. Due to the pandemic, all visitation appointments must be made in advance.