Increase in First Time Pet Fostering and New Adoptions Amid the Pandemic

The Covid-19 virus has created incredible uncertainty worldwide. Most lives have been impacted in some way by the lockdowns and new protocols that are in place. Whether it’s adjusting to remote learning and work or you have finally joined the club of those who have paid outrageous food delivery fees (picture me slowly raising my hand) … chances are you have felt the impact and the change.

While the modifications can be tough and make some people uncomfortable, many have found a beacon of light in the most unexpected and furry of ways. Turns out, people have to come realize staying at home is a lot more fun and beneficial to your well-being with a pet., an online, searchable database of animals who need homes, saw adoption inquiries jump 122 percent between March 15th and April 15th.

The New Addition of Virtual Pet Adoptions

About two months ago, an ad on Facebook caught my attention because it read ‘Adopt Your Pet Virtually.’ The moment I clicked on it, I was filled with so much joy. There were prerecorded Zoom calls of sessions that had already passed with the names and descriptions of pets who were still available to adopt.

How is it that it took a virus for us to realize what a brilliant idea it is to have shelters host virtual pet adoptions! I can remember going to places like PetSmart on the weekends to get a chance to see all of the cute fur babies. Through the means of technology, the same is accomplished more efficiently and in the comfort of our own homes.

I wasn’t the only person who thought this idea was brilliant. This innovative change in these unprecedented times has lead to the increase of first time pet adoptions and fostering.

Why a Dog Is Such A Comfort During the Pandemic

In addition to being an incredible source of stress relief, the CDC has shared the following additional health benefits of owning a pet:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Decreased cholesterol levels
  • Decreased triglyceride levels
  • Decreased feelings of loneliness
  • Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
  • Increased opportunities for socialization

My First Dog: Imprinting

I remember getting my first dog in 2015. The moment I met Beau, I knew he would be my best friend. As you read this, I’m sure you understand that instant connection I’m talking about. I am brought back to my Twilight fangirl days when I think of the way that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee. The feeling of instant love and connection is the same exact feeling I had when I met Beau. He took my heart and it was as though our minds and souls began to cultivate in that very moment.

There is no question about it that fear has been stirred up as a byproduct of the coronavirus outbreak. Just as we find comfort in turning to our loved ones, our pets too become a large source of comfort in our lives, especially during the trying times.

Wrap Up

“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.”

Roger A. Caras

There’s a quote by Roger A. Caras that reads, “If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.”

The unique relationship between us and our pets is our ability to feel the emotions of one another. Not only are our pets there for us in our happiest and saddest moments; we too are there for our pets.

Our pets are often our best friends and psychologists all wrapped into one. The healing modalities that our pets are capable of is truly fascinating.

As you consider the relationship you have with your own pet, what ways have the two of you helped one another during a difficult time?

Drop your response and share your first times and new experiences with us in the #365FirstsChallenge Facebook Group.


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