“Animals provide invaluable comfort and companionship, especially in times of crisis,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA, adding that the shelters are “desperate.”
That’s exactly what Elizabeth Kidd, a millennium in Boise, Idaho, found. She and her boyfriend adopted Watson, an eight-year-old pooch, from his local refuge Thursday March 19.
“I’m super, super anxious,” says Kidd Charm. “A big part of my corona anxiety is because my whole family is in a very small town about three hours from Boise, and I won’t be able to see them until it’s over. It’s silly, but now I have a small family even if I can’t access mine. “
Kidd says since she got Watson, she’s less anxious. “He doesn’t particularly like us being on our phones (because we can’t pet him at that time!), So I read Twitter a lot less last night, which was probably a good thing,” she says. “Besides, he’s very, very cute.”
Courtney Hoskins, a single mother from Boulder, Colorado, thought she and her six-year-old son could never love another dog as they loved their puppy who died last summer after kidney failure. But then her work moved on to remote homework and she realized she was going to have to tell her son that her trampoline birthday party should probably be canceled. And so she reached out to her local shelter, RezDawg Rescue and brought home Mabel, a 12 week mix.
“You can’t check the news when you play tug of war with a little puppy!” Said Hoskins. “She needs walks all day long and she helps us stick to a schedule. At night, we all watch TV together and cuddle with her while she sleeps in my arms, it’s so soothing. “
Anyone considering adopting or feeding a pet at a local shelter “should contact the shelter immediately,” said Bershadker. In the meantime, let’s review some FAQs – which of course represent Furry Adorable Questions. (Yes, thank you for requesting, quarantining happen to me.)
Can pets get coronavirus?
According to the CDC“There is no evidence at this time that pets, including pets, can spread COVID-19.” Ganzert jokes, “Only their unconditional love is contagious.”
What if I’m not ready to commit to a new animal?
You don’t need it. Freeing up space, and in some cases evacuating each animal, is the top priority of shelters. Foster family – taking care of an animal temporarily, rather than adopting – could save their life, says Brittany Feldman, Executive Director of Shelter Chic, a foster family rescue group in Brooklyn, New York. “There are shelters that sometimes have more than 200 dogs and 100 cats, and these animals have to be taken care of several times a day,” she said, adding that generally the city’s shelters have a mandate to euthanize animals if exceeded. With staff and volunteers unable to get to work during the pandemic and more and more people abandoning their pets or postponing adoption to a later date, “it’s a real crisis”. Encouraging now can both save an animal and help keep workers and volunteers safe. “The fewer animals that sit in the shelter, the less staff need to care for them,” says Feldman.