It was a snowy Thanksgiving for many Washingtonians and their pets.
Many had to wait until early January to see their pets reunited with their families.
And some were surprised at how long the wait was.
It took nearly a week for pets to be reunited with relatives and friends who had been reunited with pets at a veterinary hospital.
And even then, the pets were taken to the veterinary hospital’s pet hospital because they were considered too sick to return to their home.
The wait was also long for a few dogs who had not been seen by a veterinarian for more than a month, according to a report from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
But for vets, it was a new day.
“It’s been an incredible experience,” said Dr. Andrew Kornbluth, a veterinarian at the Veterinary Clinic of Northwest, who has worked on many reunions.
“There are no other vets working this year that are doing this in the same capacity.”
Kornbuth and other vets say the number of vets caring for pets has increased in recent years as the number in the community continues to grow.
“I’ve been working at the vet for 20 years and I’ve never seen this number of cases,” Kornbs said.
“This year, I’m thinking of retiring and getting a job in another state.”
The increase in vets caring about pets is partly due to a new federal law that allows vets to work from home.
But vets also say they have increased their presence on social media and in the media.
The AVMA report said vets have received calls about their pets getting reunited with vets in the past two months, and it’s not uncommon for vets to hear from friends and relatives.
In the meantime, vets say they’re taking care of their pets while waiting for the other side of the law to come into effect.
“The number of people wanting to take care of our animals and our families, it’s amazing,” Korshk said.
Veterinarians say they are not alone.
Many other vets and animal lovers have also noticed an increase in calls about pets being reunited with families after the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Some of our clients are just amazed at the number that are calling us about their pet getting reunited,” Kornebuth said.
He said he’s seeing a rise in calls after Thanksgiving for his dogs and cats.
“We are doing it because we want to.
I’ve seen the increase and it seems to be a lot,” Korashek said, adding that the animals are happier when they’re reunited with family and friends.
“But I do think it’s important to remember that you can’t just come in here and say that you’ve got your pets in your care,” he said.