CALIFORNIA—Riverside County’s animal shelters are empty as many are rushing to adopt or foster pets amidst the stay at home orders due to COVID-19 as of April 8.

In an Instagram post, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services expressed their excitement over how many residents stepped up to help sheltered animals.

“As you can see, we have a completely empty adoption center,” an employee states in the video.

The Coronavirus has forced many to shelter in place as ordered by government officials to prevent the spread of the virus to flatten the curve. People are turning to animal shelters with a need for companionship.

All animal shelters are temporarily closed until further notice. Residents are being asked to hold onto stray animals instead of leaving them outside of shelter locations.

Adoptable animals could become available again soon. For those interested in adopting or fostering a pet,  email for an appointment. Available animals, if there are any, are viewable on each county’s website, including Los Angeles County, which has seen an increased need for adopters or foster homes.