Thanks to Sheltering in Place, Animal Shelters Are Empty

The Riverside County Animal Shelter has a beautiful problem: It’s all out of adoptable animals. “As you can see, we have a completely empty adoption center,” animal services director Julie Bank says in a video posted Wednesday on the California shelter’s Instagram account. She and her coworkers, all wearing masks, throw their arms up and cheer, showing off empty pen after empty pen. A few days earlier, on Sunday, Chicago Animal Care and Control’s Adoptable Pets program had similar news. “CACC has no dogs currently available for adoption,” the shelter told its Facebook followers. “We’ve never typed those words before.” The last adoptable dogs—a “short, squat beefcake” named Penn and a “boisterous babe” named Alley—had found loving homes that day.

All over the country, from New York to Wisconsin and North Carolina to Colorado and New Mexico, animal shelters are reporting massive upswings in the numbers of animals they’ve been

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons house design tips

Having a beautiful house in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the dream. Every day I see pictures of other players’ homes, and I admire their wild furniture choices and elaborate rooms. How can I get on that level?

This has nothing to do with the “feng shui” game mechanic that Animal Crossing uses because that, in turn, has nothing to do with interior design, and more to do with maximizing invisible stats. This is practical advice that you could use in your own real-life home, as well as in New Horizons.

I reached out to Diana Budds, who has written about interior design for many publications, most recently our sister site Curbed, where she’s a senior story producer.

“I think what’s really interesting about the game when it comes to interior design is that you can be so creative,” Diana says. “You are thinking a lot like an interior

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Give your Animal Crossing home a PC gaming makeover with this handy design tool

Animal Crossing: New Horizons chat makes up most of the morning PC Gamer Slack discussion lately. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not losing focus. Half-Life: Alyx and Doom Eternal and the upcoming Mount and Blade: Bannerlord take up plenty of real estate in our brains. It’s just been impossible to ignore the appeal of Animal Crossing in such stressful times like these

While I’m self-isolating and working from home, to stay sane I’ve been reading and playing Animal Crossing as soon as I wake up and before I go to bed. It’s nice to exercise a little control and build something of your own, even if it’s on a virtual island full of cute animals closed off from the uncaring whims of the universe. 

Animal Crossing is a timely zen garden, and even if it’s not on PC (though plenty of PC games scratch the Animal Crossing itch), we can

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Here Are 500 ‘Animal Crossing’ QR Codes For Clothing And Decorations

One of the best features of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ability for players to make their own pixel art which translates into custom clothing options for characters or decorations you can use in your house or island.

The way the system works is that you design an image, save it, and then it gets translated into a QR code that you can scan and use.

Here’s how to use QR codes in the game, via the Animal Crossing subreddit’s instructions:

  1. Download the Nintendo Switch Online App. This is available for both iOS and Android smartphones on their respective stores.
  2. Look for Nooklink. You can find it under the Game-Specific Services section for New Horizons.
  3. Now turn on your Nintendo Switch, and run Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Before you load your save file, hit the – button on your switch. This will bring
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