Save a Life and Fight Coronavirus Isolation By Adopting a Pet!

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
The world as we’ve known it is clearly not as we’ve ever known it before. But the mandated social distancing and self-quarantining that COVID-19 has brought upon us may mean that now might be the best time ever to adopt a pet.

Remember how Mr. Rogers said that in times of scary things in the news, we should look for the helpers? Well, NOW is the time YOU can be the helpers! Yes, by adopting a pet, or even fostering one, you can help thousands of animals be rescued from what shelter experts believe may be massive upcoming euthanasia.

Sadly, despite The American Veterinary Medical Association’s statement that no evidence that dogs or cats can transmit COVID-19 to other animals or people, people are surrendering their pets in large numbers. Whether it’s because they have a mistaken fear or they get sick themselves, there is an even greater need to help relieve the pressure shelters across the world are feeling.

If you’ve already been in the process of considering adoption or fostering, now is a perfect time for many because you’re most likely not leaving your home anywhere near as much. The onslaught of workers who are now working from home and telecommuting or simply being laid off due to shutdowns of public places means that many of us have a lot of extra time on our hands at home.

A lot.

And while ANY time is, of course, a great time to adopt, now may be optimal because you most likely have more time (and energy you need to direct) to really bond with and train your new pet. When you’re social distancing? Having a pet to pour your emotions in to can make a big difference in how the next few weeks and months could go.

Let’s just be real. If you aren’t able to have people around you, bringing man’s best friend into your fold is not only good for you, but good for the overburdened shelters.

Not to mention there are so many benefits to adopting a pet. In a normal time period, pets bring you better mental and physiological health, and can help you feel less lonely in an uncertain time.

But how do you go about adopting a pet when those adorable furry friends are no longer available for pet adoptions or people just popping into the shelter to check them out?

Sadly, not as easily as shelters wished it was, and that’s part of the problem. Many shelters all over the world are closed and allowing adoptions by appointments only, so as to follow social distancing guidelines as well as protect the health of the volunteers who work tirelessly with the animals.

Shelters would happily have all their dogs and cats adopted out during this stressful time, but at this point, they’re just desperately seeking fosters so the shelters are not overrun and there is no additional taxation on the shelter staff. More, shelter volunteers worry about extra surrenders as the economic situations of many become unstable, and people feel the need to let their pets go because they can not afford to keep them anymore.

Some organizations run mobile adoptions that they restrict to fewer than 10 people, but there are also ways you can seek out your local options for finding a pet who needs a home. And, because every pet not in a shelter, whether adopted or temporarily fostered, means a new space opens up, the goal of shelters across the world is to prevent mass euthanasia they fear may be ahead.

If you’ve been considering a pet or an additional pet, contact your local shelter now. And, if you weren’t considering adopting a pet, but believe you may be interested or can at least foster, contact your local shelter now. Many shelters are waving part or ALL of adoption fees, and you’ll be saving so many lives.

Not to mention, bringing immeasurable joy into your life. Couldn’t we all use a little bit of that right now?

Lori Ennis
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