The Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) has urged the public to refrain from buying or adopting animals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Taking to social media today, the Mahon-based charity said that they have received an influx of messages from people who have more time on their hands and are looking to adopt an animal.
"We are very alarmed, to say the least, at the number of people who have bought or adopted dogs and other sorts of animals while the restrictions have been in place.
"Anyone who has contacted us regarding getting, in particular, a dog has been told that now is not the time as things will eventually return to normal and just because you have time now does not mean you will have time when everything gets back to normal," the CSPCA stated.
"After all, you don't need a dog if you want to go for a walk yourself nor should it be something to entertain the kids for the few weeks," the organisation continued.
The CSPCA has remained closed to the public for almost two months but plans are currently in the works for a gradual re-opening.
"We are currently working out new policies and procedures on how we can re-open again to allow adoptions from our centre," they stated.
When the shelter does re-open, it will operate by appointment only, which must be organised over the phone.
Those looking to adopt an animal will then be asked about what type and breed of animal they are looking for and will be allocated a time to call to the shelter.
"We will be very strict on this as social distancing and disinfecting procedures must be followed.
"Entry will be through the yard and not through the main building as before and each visit will be limited to two people from the same family," the CSPCA stated.
"Of course, these changes will be reviewed and changed if necessary but your safety and the safety of staff is paramount.
"We hope everyone understands why we have made these changes and they may take a bit of getting used to but for this to work, we need the cooperation of everyone concerned.
"We will inform you all in due course when things start moving again," the organisation added.