Rebecca T. Barber (Financial Planning, Budget, and Analysis), along with several co-authors from Arizona State University and Virginia Tech, published a new article, "Emergency Fostering of Dogs from Animal Shelters During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Shelter Practices, Foster Caregiver Engagement, and Dog Outcomes" in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. In this article, the authors found that during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, use of fostering by animal shelters substantially increased before returning to normal as society reopened. Around half of these foster caregivers had no prior relationship with the shelter, and this group was four times as likely to adopt their fostered dogs than those with a preexisting relationship. Shelters with high levels of per-animal financial resources were better able to attract new caregivers with no prior relationship to the shelter, while the lowest resourced shelters depended extensively on transferring dogs to rescue groups rather than direct placement with adopters.
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