Like many things, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world of animal welfare — and it turns out that many of those changes have been for the better. When the pandemic hit San Diego in March, San Diego Humane Society immediately adapted in order to continue caring for animals while keeping our staff, volunteers and guests safe.
We also looked at how our work could pivot to better meet the needs of our community. Any crisis challenges the delicate balance of pet ownership. We expected the need to help people keep their pets in their homes. What we didn’t anticipate — no one did — was the incredible demand for new pets. That was a dream come true.