You’re Not Alone: Pet Adoptions in Baton Rouge, LA During COVID-19

If you decided to foster or adopt a pet during the Coronavirus crisis, you’re not alone. Animal shelters and rescue groups across the country have reported a significant increase in the number of pet adoptions and foster agreements since March when stay-at-home-orders went into place across most of the country. Many families who had thought about adopting or fostering in the past suddenly found the time and availability they had been lacking with normal work and school routines. As a result, shelters have reported a new shortage thanks to the pandemic – in some facilities, the number of pets left needing homes went all the way down to zero!

If you’re still on the lookout for the perfect furry friend, we talked to our fellow animal-lovers at Companion Animal Alliance – who also saw an increase in adoptions – and they still have dogs and cats available for adoption. Visits are currently by appointment only.

You’re also not alone if you have found great joy and satisfaction in that decision, along with some panicked moments while asking yourself what-have-I-gotten-myself-into! But don’t worry – needing some time to adjust is normal, and the process may be a little different for everyone. Before long, your dog or cat will get the hang of being a member of your household, with all the benefits and boundaries that come with it.

For medical care to keep your newest family member healthy, our loving veterinarians and staff are here to help. Animal Health Clinic in Baton Rouge is a full-service veterinary hospital with medical, surgical, dental, X-ray and laboratory capabilities. Our facilities are designed to provide the best possible care while keeping your pet calm in a comfortable and caring environment.

We offer the highest quality preventative care to keep your puppy, kitten or older pet feeling their best. Our Wellness and vaccination programs can help us detect problems early, when they’re easier to treat. While many shelters provide vaccinations and microchipping as part of the adoption process, we recommend that you check with us directly to be sure you have everything covered to start your pet off on the right paw.

As the global response to the pandemic and the many related uncertainties continue to dominate much of our lives, we can count on the comfort, companionship, and unconditional love of our pets to help carry us through. We are thankful for those who have made room in your hearts and homes for shelter pets during this time, and we look forward to serving you!