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Apple Valley Animal Shelter asks pet owners not to hand over pets from September 30 until October 20

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) – The closure of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in pet adoptions at local shelters, but the forever promised homes are not happening for some pets.

“Right now, we think people are going back to work now that the COVID restrictions have gone down a bit more, being a bit more lax, and unfortunately that doesn’t give the animals much time,” said Brandie, coordinator of rescue at Apple Valley Animal Shelter.

She said divestitures from pet owners had skyrocketed.

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On Thursday, the Apple Valley Animal Shelter is at full capacity and is temporarily postponing the acceptance of donated animals by residents until Wednesday, October 20. The shelter is also asking residents of the unincorporated area of ​​San Bernardino County to also keep disabled. Officials said the shelter is focused on rehousing the stray animals they already have.

“It’s only temporary,” Brandie said. “This is to help us with the placement of the animals currently in our care.”

The shelter offers $ 15 to $ 30 cat adoption and $ 75 dog adoption fee.

“This adoption fee actually includes everything for the pet. So they will be changed and receive their first set of vaccinations and a microchip,” she said.

For more information, visit the Apple Valley Animal Shelter Facebook Page.

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