As we all isolate from one another during this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important especially for those who live alone to have some companionship and that’s why animal shelters are encouraging people to foster a pet during this difficult time.
Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society, told People, “If you don’t have a pet and are thinking about getting one, now is the perfect time to ‘try it on’ by fostering from your local shelter. Shelters and pet adoption facilities nationwide need people to foster pets on a temporary basis.”
Castle added, “Animal shelters across the country are having to deal with an increase of dogs and cats in need of homes because fewer people are visiting shelters right now, and in some cases, shelters are having to temporarily close to the public. Some animal shelters are already seeing an increase in intake, and many are bracing themselves for the possibility of fewer adoptions and fewer foster homes, and are concerned about limited space.”
She also suggests saving a month-long supply of food and medication for your pet, keeping their medical records updated as well as washing your hands before and after handling your pet.
The Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the American Veterinary Medical Association have all stated that pets are not at risk of spreading COVID-19, and studies have indicated that in many cases, adding an animal to your life makes your happier and healthier.