Pets: Shelters full of “Corona dogs”


When lockdowns and exit restrictions shut down social life and most of the work was moved to the home office, many got a pet. Now normality is slowly returning – to the detriment of the animals.

During the corona pandemic, the demand for pets has increased dramatically. Months ago animal shelters feared that quite a few people would want to get rid of their pets at some point. This is the reality now. More and more “Corona dogs”, cats and small animals are being given away; some homes are already overloaded.



Not everyone has given enough thought to what it means to keep a dog before buying. Now more and more “Corona dogs” are being given to the animal shelter (Symbol photo)Photo: dpa

Not everyone has realized what it means to have a dog, cat or other pet: responsibility for a living being, until the end of life. Now restaurants are open again, travel is allowed, the home office is no longer the norm – and the loyal companion must continue to be looked after. Many owners are only now realizing that they actually don’t have time for a pet in everyday life.

Not only that: because of the great demand, the black market was booming. Smuggler gangs made a lot of money with puppies that were separated from their mothers too early and were sold in sometimes disastrous health conditions. Shelters now also have to take care of many of these sick animals.


These puppies were rescued on the border between Germany and the Czech Republic in February.  The driver was on the way to Dresden

These puppies were rescued on the border between Germany and the Czech Republic in February. The driver was on the way to Dresden Photo: LausitzNews.de/Erik-Holm Langhof

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