The Florida and South Carolina dog adoption industry has been booming since the end of the pandemic, with a record-breaking 4.5 million dogs being adopted by June 2018.
In North Carolina alone, the number of dogs in foster care grew by more than 3,000% over the same period.
But the adoption boom isn’t the only issue that’s weighing on dog lovers.
The adoption industry is also facing competition from dog-friendly alternatives like shelters, which are trying to appeal to both traditional dog owners and people looking to adopt their own pets.
Some dog-friendliness campaigns have been popular in recent years, including those aimed at people who have adopted from shelters and people who are looking for a new pet.
In North Carolina’s case, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently created a new policy that says “companies cannot advertise dog as a substitute for an owner.”
However, the policy only applies to dogs that are at least 6 months old and meet the definition of a companion animal under the law.
According to the agency, the dog’s breed and the owners age are also factors when deciding whether to take in a dog.
However, dogs with certain medical conditions or disabilities, or with certain physical or behavioral abnormalities, could be exempt from the policy.
The Department of HHS says that it is looking into other issues that could impact adoption, including the cost of adoption, the health and safety of the dog, and whether the dog will need a socialization and training program.
According, dog adoption costs vary greatly across the state.
North Carolina is the state with the highest costs, followed by Florida.
North Dakota and Mississippi have the lowest, according a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture.