<p>The Lynchburg Humane Society reported an increased number of people who signed up to foster pets in 2020, beginning in March when Governor Ralph Northam issued his first stay-at-home order in Virginia. (Credit: WSET){/p}

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The pandemic forced many people to stay inside in 2020 and a record number of people in Lynchburg brought home a furry friend.

The Lynchburg Humane Society reported an increased number of people who signed up to foster pets in 2020, beginning in March when Governor Ralph Northam issued his first stay-at-home order in Virginia.

Staff said the humane society’s save rate increased to 93%, which was higher than the 91% save rate in 2019.

Community Pet Coordinator Kiera Rogerson said people from many different living situations came in to foster a pet.

“A lot of single young adults that were quarantining alone were coming out that we hadn’t seen before,” Rogerson said. “We had families where kids were home, so they got some extra help in.”

Rogerson said the humane society still needs more people to foster pets it has right now.

The humane society said fostering a pet doesn’t have to be long-term; the humane society asks for a two-week commitment for each foster. Rogerson said her team will match people to the right pet and equip them with all the supplies and resources to raise them right.

People interested in fostering a pet from the Lynchburg Humane Society can fill out a foster application form online.

Source: wset

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