Foster pet parents are spiking. Will the coronavirus end animal shelters as we know them?

opinionJulie Castle Opinion ContributorPublished 10:54 AM EDT May 12, 2020No one knows what our country will be like after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. But one thing is becoming clear. Animal shelters could go the way of orphanages.In March and April, many animal shelters across the country dramatically cut back their operations. Hundreds of volunteers…

‘It became real and it became alive’: Coronavirus jolts rural, isolated county with death

Andrea Ball USA TODAY NETWORKPublished 10:45 AM EDT May 12, 2020Oldham County Judge Don Allred was sitting in his living room on a Thursday night when the state health department called.Oldham County — located on historic Route 66 bordering New Mexico in the Texas Panhandle — had its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Her name…