Greek-American Family among the Few Adopting Pets during Pandemic

DEKALB, IL – Pet adoptions have declined in DeKalb County, Illinois, according to a report in the Daily Chronicle on April 17. A Greek-American family was among the few who decided to adopt a pet, the Chronicle reported.

On April 15, Lisa Tziforos and daughters Daphne and Chloe adopted the “family’s first-ever pet from Tails Humane Society in DeKalb, a Dutch rabbit named Edgar Tophat,” the Chronicle reported, adding that “the Greek Orthodox family will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 19 with their new bunny, and the Tziforos will use their time during the coronavirus stay-at-home order to get acquainted with the newest member of their family.”

While the pet adoption rate has declined due to restrictions during the coronavirus virus pandemic, pet shops are closed to the public and “shelters have transitioned to doing adoptions by appointment only,” the Chronicle reported.

Kennel manager at Raven’s Husky Haven and Rescue in Sycamore, Il, told the Chronicle that “it’s hard to ask for help when we know people are struggling right now. It’s a difficult time for everyone. It’s just important for people to know that we’re still here and the dogs are being taken care of.”

“Tails Humane Society is closed to the public and volunteers,” the Chronicle reported, adding that “all of the adoptable pets are living with foster families.”

Michelle Groeper, Tails’ executive director, told the Chronicle that “they have seen adoptions decrease by about 50% from before the stay-at-home order, when about

60 pets were adopted a week,” and “since mid-March, about 30 to 35 pets have been adopted each week. Tails also has reduced the number of adoptable animals because of the fewer adoptions and having to rely on foster homes.”

Fundraising events have also been cancelled for local animal shelters, the Chronicle reported, adding that those interested in helping can still donate online: and


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