More animals adopted from shelters during pandemic in Latvia

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Animal shelter 'Ulubele' had 200 more adoptions last year compared to 2019, the shelter's head Ilze Džonsone told Latvian Television February 5.

The increase is likely related to people's lifestyles during the pandemic, Džonsone said. "This makes us happy, because many have changed their lifestyle due to restrictions and are at home with family more often."

Džonsone said that there is still concern about possible attitude changes once restrictions are lifted, but the worry is not too great.

"It is the 21st century and people's thinking changes. People are intolerant towards animal cruelty and neglect," said Džonsone.

In the shelter itself, life during pandemic is tough. "When coming to us, restrictions are the same as elsewhere. People ask whether we can organize volunteer training online. We cannot, because one must be here at the shelter," said the head of Ulubele.

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