Pet rescue and adoption center sees increased adoptions as many quarantine

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CLEVELAND, Ala. (WIAT) — As many self-isolate amid the COVID-19 outbreak, a Blount County pet rescue and adoption center saw an increase in adoptions.

“People are adopting like crazy,” owner of Crossing Paths Animal Rescue, Mary Ellen Tidwell, said. “People want to feel like they’re making a difference. Yes, adoptions have been wonderful.”

Tidwell attributes much of that to many self-isolating and quarantining during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Everybody is experiencing cabin fever and they see that adopting and taking care of a new baby is something they can do,” Tidwell said. “It just makes you feel better, I mean would you look at that sweet little face?”

Gov. Kay Ivey’s order to close all nonessential services affects counties differently across Alabama. In Blount County where Crossing Paths is located animal shelters and adoption centers are considered essential services.

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