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Local animal rescue organizations seeking foster homes amid increase in pet surrenders

Twin Cities-based Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue is among the organizations seeking foster homes for its animals.
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Twin Cities-based Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue is looking for foster homes for animals as it sees large numbers of pets being surrendered by their owners.

Amanda Denzer, a member of Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue, took to Facebook Saturday to ask people to consider fostering pets.

Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue does not operate a shelter, and relies on foster households to care for pets until they are adopted. The organization takes care of expenses associated with fostering the pests.

According to Denzer, the current list of surrendered animals consists of two rabbits, 21 rats, three hamsters, four ferrets, two mice, three hedgehogs, 20 chinchillas and 83 guinea pigs.

While Minnesota Pet Pocket Rescue specializes in smaller animals, other organizations are also seeing an increase in surrendered pets.

Roseville-based Saving Shepherds of Minnesota, which works to find homes and foster care for German Shepherds, recently told FOX9 that it had seen a sharp increase in surrendered pets.

The organization theorized the pandemic could play a part in the increase, with many pets being adopted during lockdown. 

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