Vet clinics try to keep pace with animal care after surge in pet adoptions during pandemic – WSOC TV

Veterinary clinics are trying to keep pace with animal care after a surge in pet adoptions during the pandemic

Channel 9 reporter Erika Jackson spoke to people at animal care clinics who said they struggled to keep up with pets. People staying home during the pandemic have led to an increase in pet adoptions, said Cary Bernstein, executive director of Stand for Animals.

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She said there weren’t enough vets to take care of all the pets.

“We can’t just do business as usual,” Bernstein said. “It’s a time when we have to be ready to adjust and adapt.”

Stand for Animals is adapting to demand by only taking care of existing patients and opening its Pineville site a few days a month.

Garrett Miller said he struggled to find a vet for his pup Charlie.

“I was looking at different vets and a lot of them actually fired me saying they weren’t taking any new clients at the moment, which was difficult at first,” Miller told Channel 9.

Miller and Charlie were reunited during the pandemic.

“I’m going to do what I have to do for her, no matter what it takes,” Miller said.

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Boyd S. Abbott