For the first time in the shelter’s history, Chicago Animal Care and Control is completely out of adoptable animals. As people are transitioning to stay-at-home orders, families across the country have decided now’s the best time to adopt a pet. In New York City and Los Angeles,

the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says applications to foster dogs and cats is up 200 percent. PetPoint, a software program shared by some 1,200 shelters nationwide, reports fostering and adoptions are up 700 percent over last year.

“We are seeing people all over the country stepping up to foster and adopt animals from their local shelters and rescues,” says Human Society CEO Kitty Block.

Credit: Chicago Animal Care and Control

“It has truly been a game-changer in the sheltering world.” On Tuesday, the Chicago Animal Care And Control announced that all available animals have been adopted. “WE ARE OFFICIALLY OUT OF ADOPTABLE ANIMALS,” the shelter wrote on Facebook. “Yep, you read that right, we are out of adoptable animals! It’s something we’ve never thought we’d say…and we’re so happy to bring you this news.” “We want to thank everyone who stepped up to adopt from Chicago Animal Care and Control over the last few weeks as well as those who are fostering, and to all of our amazing partners for continuing to transfer animals out of the shelter. We have been amazed at the outpouring of people wanting to help during this time.”