Pet adoptions increase during pandemic in Southwest Florida

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Fewer people appeared able to resist a wagging tail, twitching whiskers or even the scaly skin of a reptile as the pandemic swept the world.

While COVID-19 disrupted and closed many businesses, Southwest Florida animal rescue workers are working their tails off with an increase in adoptions and animal intake.

Karen Prohaska and her husband, Bob Von Gyurcsy, of Fort Myers, were fostering a senior dog named Gatsby, 9, for the Gulf Coast Humane Society in February. The plan was to bring him back, but with the pandemic they decided to keep him a bit longer.

Gatsby suffered from allergies that caused a rash, which required medical baths and care. Retirees, Prohaska and Von Gyurcsy didn’t mind helping Gatsby and during a time of uncertainty, they welcomed the distraction.

Gatsby helped them just as much. He gave the couple a routine

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Harbor Humane Society offers discounted pet adoptions this weekend

Puppy Palooza followed by a Discounted Adoption Day.

MICHIGAN, USA — This weekend, Harbor Humane Society will be hosting two events to get their shelter pets a  new home. 

On Friday, they will hold their first ever Puppy Palooza Adoption Event. The Adoptions will be first come first serve as they open the doors of their  training center to people that want a furry addition to their family. 

They will have three to four litters, which is about 20 puppies to see. The shelter has done this event in the past with kittens, but this is the first time they have the puppy inventory according to the event coordinator, Cindy Gruppen.

“We will have the puppies in play pins to visit with but we are only allowing a few people in the building at a time,” Gruppen said.

Everyone who attends the event must register in order to adopt. The

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