Niagara SPCA begins first-ever online pet adoptions amid coronavirus pandemic


A Niagara-area animal agency began its first-ever virtual adoption process on Wednesday to find homes for 12 rescue dogs amid social-distancing rules due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Welland and District SPCA began the online adoption with a two-month-old husky-lab mix puppy– one of several rescued from northern Manitoba during a large transfer operation in early March.


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Executive director of the Niagara SPCA & Humane Society John Greer told Global News in a statement the move to online adoptions was to discourage unnecessary travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Normally this would be much different for any other adoption drive but ‘normal’ has not been the order of the day for some time,” said Greer.

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Greer says there will be a limited number of applications accepted each day for the virtual adoptions and says applicants should think about the 15-plus-year commitment related to a typical adoption.

Successful applicants will be contacted by email and a virtual meeting will be set up to greet their new addition to their family.

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The SPCA says when the adoption is finalized, the puppy will be brought to their new home by a team member utilizing social-distancing protocols.

The Welland SPCA has information on the adoptions at its website.