Loudoun Now: Loudoun Sees Surge in Dogs Needing Homes

Loudoun County has another population looking for homes in record numbers: dogs.

On Wednesday, Loudoun County Animal Services issued a call for help after seeing the number of dogs coming into the shelter more than double. From Dec. 6 to March 6, the shelter took in 210 dogs, compared to 93 over those three months a year before. Even the department’s new state-of-the-art facility is at capacity, and a county that usually helps relieve overcrowded shelters in other jurisdictions is now struggling to find enough homes for its own pets.

Loudoun County Animal Services Director Nina Stively said most of those dogs have never been to the shelter before. That shelter seems to be another result of people scraping to get by amid increased financial stress since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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