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YoY change in dogs and cats adopted due to COVID-19 in the U.S. 2020

Pet adoption rates declined significantly during the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Between March and September 2020, there was a 32 percent decline in the number of dogs adopted in the U.S. compared to the previous year.

Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the adoption rate of dogs and cats in the United States in 2020

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Release date

September 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 13 to September 11, 2020

Supplementary notes

The COVID-19 Impact Report compiles data from 1,200 animal welfare organizations in the United States. It compares the weekly data to data from the same week in 2019.

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