City Hall data also shows that more people in Bayreuth got dogs in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, the number of new registered dogs, with a total of 294 animals, increased significantly compared to 2019, when 251 new dogs were registered, and 2018, when 231 new dogs were registered, an official from the city’s press service said by courier request. Joachim Oppold.
The trend continued into early 2021. In the first six weeks alone, 61 new registered animals were added. As of mid-May 2021, the total number of registered dogs in the city area was 2,618, compared to 2,428 dogs at the beginning of the year. Oppold: “During the coronavirus pandemic, Bayreuth saw a trend towards an increase in the number of registered dogs. This applies primarily to the two years of the pandemic, 2020 and 2021, with their lockdowns and contact restrictions.”
However, Göpel is not so much concerned with dogs. Instead of a lot of rabbits and guinea pigs. These are all animals that, according to Gepels, were bought during the quarantine and are now disposed of.
All who are interested in animals are welcome. But the large number of small animals in the shelter proves something Göpel is very sorry about: “Currently, there is no demand at all.