Laura Iniguez and Charlsie Duffy-Wilcox pose with Duffy-Wilcox’s rescue dog, Wallace.
Laura Iniguez and Charlsie Duffy-Wilcox pose with Duffy-Wilcox’s rescue dog, Wallace.

Charlsie Duffy-Wilcox has noticed a change since she started at the Lovelock Animal Shelter in the fall of 2019.

“When I first started, we only had four or six stray or surrendered dogs, and I thought that was a handful,” she says. “Today we have seventeen.”

The influx coincides with current events.

“A lot of the dogs seem to be about the same age, between the year to a year-and-a-half-mark,” she says. “That, tells me they were adopted around the time Covid hit. Now, these people have gone back to work. Maybe they didn’t realize this is why they didn’t have a dog.”

“The worst part is a lot of these dogs didn’t get socialized because we were on a stay-at- home order,” she continues. “Most of them never even got to leave the house. They stay at the shelter longer because a lot of the rescues we work with are also full.”

Duffy-Wilcox places shelter dogs with out-of-town rescues, reserving euthanasia for gravely sick or aggressive animals.

“We’ve been sending them dogs, but not like before,” she says.

She’s looking for people who want to be part of the solution.

“If you would be interested in fostering a dog from the Lovelock Animal Shelter, please contact us. Typically, fostering lasts seven to ten days. Sometimes we give the dogs a little extra time to evaluate them better, but we will find them a rescue.”

If you’re not able to foster an animal, there are other ways to help. Due to the increase in surrendered animals, the shelter has been going through more blankets, dog toys and canned food.

“We have put out a plea for unwanted blankets, long socks, stuffed animals, sheets and even pillows,” says Duffy-Wilcox.

The City of Lovelock Animal shelter is located on 700 S. Meridian Road in Lovelock. Animal control officer Charlsie Duffy-Wilcox can be reached at 273-7297. She asks you to leave a message if needed, since she and her assistant are frequently out of hearing range of the phone caring for the animals.