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Rochester animal shelters experience high intake, struggle with “long-stay” pets

Rochester area animal shelters, which initially saw a rise in pet adoptions at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, are now dealing with cases of “long-stay” animals who haven’t found a home.

Lollypop Farm in Victor has 13 dogs currently in its care who are considered “long-stays,” according to Rochester First.

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“When a pet is here for a long time, they’re obviously taking up kennel space, but also, they need a little bit more enrichment, they need help from the staff. And that creates a little bit of a stop for the pets that need to come in and find that second chance as well,” said Lollypop Farm’s Director of Communications Ashley Zeh.

The City of Rochester’s Director of Animal Services Chris Fitzgerald says although the city’s shelter is not yet at capacity, they are experiencing an unusually high rate of intake that puts stress on their services.



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