PLEASANTON, CA – After an increase in the urge to find companionship as the pandemic hit, there is now a significant backlog in pet adoptions in many areas.

There are several possibilities for this, Mr. President. Valley Human Society in Pleasanton, Melanie Sadek told Patch.

It could be a reluctance to bring home a new pet when people want to start traveling again or perhaps the uncertainty in the economy poses too much of a risk, Sadek said.

“Unfortunately, for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, none of that matters,” she said. “They just know they need a home and their stay in a shelter or foster home is WAY too long.”

Valley Humane has 30 cats and kittens and 5 dogs and puppies waiting for new homes.

It’s kitten season, Sadek said, and Valley Humane isn’t alone in experiencing an excess of pets in need of homes, especially felines.

“We have public animal shelters calling because they’re full of cats and kittens,” she said. “We need the community to help sustain the rescue efforts.”

The Share the Care campaign advocates for pet adoption, fostering and repair — all things that make a big difference in the lives of community pets, Sadek said.

“We don’t want anyone to adopt if they’re not ready, but we’re asking the public to share the care,” she said. “If you’re ready for a new four-legged friend, adopt them. If not, adopt a shelter and help promote their adoptable pets.”

Valley Humane is a non-profit organization serving the Tri-Valley since 1987. Anyone interested in adopting can view the pets and complete an application. here.