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As more people return to their normal work and school routines, fewer are taking in shelter pets, at least in certain parts of the country.

CBS DFW reports that animals shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are seeing fewer pets go to foster homes. Early in the pandemic, there had been a surge in fostering and adoption.

In March 2020, Dallas Animal Services reported that 205 animals were in foster homes. Now that number is down to 35.

And in Hawaii, some shelters are seeing a spike in adopted animals being returned, according to KHON2.

Ku’ulei Durand, executive director of Paws of Hawaii, said, “It’s either due to a loss of a job or not enough time or even now that the world is getting back to normal. Some people are going back to their jobs and so they just don’t have enough time for the dogs.”

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