Coronavirus: Why the COVID-19 lockdown could be the perfect time to adopt a pet

People have a lot on their plates at the moment and adopting a pet probably isn't at the forefront of people's minds.

But SPCA's throughout the country close their adoptions at 4pm on Wednesday and people are being asked to consider taking in a furry friend before the lockdown.

An urgent callout was made by the SPCA on Friday, saying there were 921 animals available for adoption across the country.

"Now is an ideal time to adopt, as many families will be spending time at home. That means lots of quality time to spend with your new furry family member. Kiwis who adopt an animal give them a second chance and a loving home for life," chief executive Andrea Midgen said on Friday.

Since Friday, Midgen said 828 animals had been permanently adopted.

"That's about three times higher than we would normally do across the country," she told The Project on Tuesday.

"We've had a fantastic response from the New Zealand public - I cannot thank them enough.

"Most people have come in - they've been thinking about doing it for a long time and they know they're going to be home for a whole month, so they can settle the animal in as part of their family."

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