Alameda County animal shelters revise operations amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some animal shelters in Alameda County, including Berkeley Animal Care Services and Friends of the Alameda County Animal Shelter, have had to revise their operations. In addition to becoming more foster-based, both animal shelters have been experiencing a decrease in animal intakes.

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