As people return to the office, pet surrenders have increased, are these related?

Animal shelters across the country are reporting a big uptick in the number of pets being surrendered. Seattle Humane says they’ve received several calls from the media, wondering if it’s people who adopted a pet during the pandemic who are surrendering them now that they’re going back to the office. But Seattle Humane says that’s simply not true.

“In Seattle, specifically, the return to office rate is really low,” said Libby Jones, Chief Operations Officer for Seattle Humane. “It’s still under 40% occupancy, so we’re not seeing this drastic increase of people returning to the office and not knowing what to do with their pet.”

Jones says they want

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