Animal control agents across the nation are reporting a spike in calls to their offices, with many of them coming in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report from the National Association of Animal Control Officers, in some cities, calls are up more than 90 percent in the last month alone.
Animal control officers have responded to a total of 9.2 million calls since the beginning of the pandemic, and they say they’re not only dealing with a rising demand for assistance but also a heightened awareness of the public’s increasing concern for the animals and their welfare.
The NAAOC says that many of the calls are in response, and that there are some areas where animal control agents are responding more quickly than others.
In New York, there have been a number of calls for animal control to be dispatched to areas where there are people with dogs and cats.
In Denver, Colorado, there are calls for officers to respond to people with pets in the middle of the night and in areas where people are walking dogs.
In San Francisco, California, a call was made to the Animal Control Center in the city’s Mission District for people with a dog or cat, and the response was a total emergency.
According the NAAO, there were about 6,000 calls to the San Francisco animal control center in March, and there are about 3,000 daily calls to San Francisco’s animal control centers, and many of those calls involve people with multiple pets.
The organization has noted that while it’s normal to get a call about a dog, a dog that looks healthy is more likely to be found with a sick animal.