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Several animal shelters in England and America have seen a surge in adoptions as the coronavirus (covid 19) crisis continues.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home announced last week (between March 16 and March 22) 86 dogs and 69 cats were adopted – in comparison to 42 dogs and 29 cats over the same week last year.

One of the animals now in her ‘forever home’ includes four-year-old mongrel Tulip, who had been in the shelter for more than 100 days.

‘Running out of dogs’

All Dogs Matter, an animal charity based in London has also said the number of foster dog requests has increased during the pandemic and has had to put up a notice saying it has enough fosterers in place for the time being.

According to Bloomberg, New York City is ‘running out of dogs to foster’ – with shelters such as Muddy Paws Rescue and Best Friends Animal Society reportedly dealing with a surge in foster applications.

‘A dog is for life’

Many animal-rights activists have taken to social media to express concern at the spike in animal adoptions, stating ‘a dog is for life, not just for quarantine’.

One Twitter user wrote: “What becomes of these pets when quarantine is lifted? Animals are not disposable.”

While another said: “Great news. I just hope some people won’t bring the dogs back to the shelter, when it’s no longer needed to hunker down at home.”

Battersea has since closed its doors for the ‘forseeable’ due to the coronavirus lockdown, and will only ‘accept rescue animals in emergencies’