Juneau Animal Rescue reports uptick in pet owners relinquishing animals

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - There are stories across the nation about people who adopted a pet during the pandemic and are now turning them back in since they are no longer homebound.

    Samantha Blankenship, the executive director of Juneau Animal Rescue, was asked about the trend here while a guest on Action Line.  "We're seeing, not necessarily pets that we've adopted out, but we have seen an influx of pets being surrendered to us."  She thinks some of those pets didn't have as much socialization because people were at home and as result, they may have developed some problem behaviors.  

    On another matter, Blankenship said they are seeing an increased number of dog bites recently.  "I think with the increase in adoptions and people getting new pets, especially pets that aren't socialized, we've had a lot of people interacting with pets more and so we've seen a lot of animal bites as well."  

    Blankenship encouraged people to be respectful of an animal's boundaries.  "Usually they'll give you a warning sign and always supervise your pets and children interacting together."

    Blankenship said they are organizing a whale watching fundraiser for Friday, August 27, and will provide complete details about that in the near future.


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