Amid the coronavirus pandemic that is currently sweeping the planet, many animal shelters are facing potential closure, and are desperately searching for homes for their four-legged inhabitants.
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COVID-19 has brought the whole world to a complete standstill.
via: GettyAs most of you will be well aware by now, for the last couple of months, a virus known as COVID-19, or coronavirus, has been rapidly spreading across the planet.
Over 200,000 people have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty228,708, to be precise. And, tragically, a further 9,377 have died as a result of the illness.
It's a dire situation for everyone.
via: GettyAnd, in a last-ditch attempt to prevent further the spread of the virus, several countries have been brought into full lockdown, and most major sporting and music events have been canceled.
Millions of people are now self-isolating at home.
via: GettyWhile medical researchers work tirelessly to find a vaccine for COVID-19, self-isolation has been deemed as the most effective method of preventing the spread of the virus.
People are being required to self-isolate for a least 2 weeks...
via: GettyWhich will understandably put a tremendous amount of pressure on local businesses that depend on customers to stay afloat.
Here in the States, several bars and restaurants have already been forced to close their doors.
via: GettyWhich has put millions of jobs at risk.
And, sadly, it isn't only our restaurants and bars who are suffering.
via: GettyIt's our homeless animals, too.
Animal shelters have been suffering tremendously.
via: GettyAs a result of the quarantine regulations currently in place, animal shelters have been left with little choice but to close their doors.
Okay, our animals aren't actually at risk from the virus itself.
via: GettyDon't worry folks, it has already been confirmed that cats and dogs cannot catch the virus.
But, with staff being placed into lockdown...
via: GettyIt means that they are unable to come into work.
And, with no staff members able to care for the homeless pets living under their care...
via: GettyThe shelters are facing immediate closure.
So, as a result of this...
via: GettyThe shelters and humane societies are trying to place as many of these animals in homes as quickly as possible.
But it's proving to be a bit of a challenge.
via: GettyFor example, in Philadelphia, Morris Animal Refuge closed to the public this week until further notice, despite having around forty abandoned animals to rehome.