Monday: Pets adopted during pandemic return to local shelters

This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon hour Monday. This story will be updated after the show. You can Listen live.

At the start of the pandemic, local animal shelters saw an increase in the number of homebody adopting cats and dogs. With more time at home, people thought it was a good time to add a new member to the household.

Pets provide something that a family or individual needs to take care of and can be a fun and enjoyable source of activity. They are also a source of consistency and comfort in frightening times.

But as people begin to spend more time away from home, and in many cases are sent back to work in offices, they are breaking their commitment to caring for their furry companions.

Monday Saint Louis on the air, Andrea Wilkey, director of operations for Stray Rescue, will join Shula Neuman, editor-in-chief of St. Louis Public Radio, to discuss what the shelter is seeing with the onslaught of pandemic animals returning to shelters.

Have you abandoned your pandemic animal? What would have helped you keep it? Tweet us (@STlonAir), send an email to [email protected] or share your impressions via our Saint Louis on the air Facebook group, and help inform our coverage.

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