Many people are turning to pets for companionship during the stay-at-home orders that have been implemented during the coronavirus quarantine. But is that really the best of ideas? If people didn’t have time for a pet before all of this, will they have the time when it’s over?
Who Will Be the Primary Caretaker?
Now that you have that newly adopted dog at home, who will be the one to take it out when it needs to go (usually at the most inopportune time)? And who will be feeding Fido? Dogs need to be on a schedule. They are happier and healthier if they know just when things are going to happen, such as feedings and exercise. My dogs always started reminding me about a half-hour before 5:00 each day that it was almost time to feed them. I also had one dog that put herself to bed each night at 8:30. Whether anyone was ready or not, she would go into the bedroom and get into her bed for the night.
My fear is in the future when we are all cleared to go back to work, and the kids head to school. Who will be taking care of the furry ones then? Will people have the time to take them for a walk after a long day at work or school? Will, these same people that didn’t have time for a pet before the coronavirus outbreak have time after?
Clearing the Shelters
Shelters across the country are emptying. The Central California SPCA says they haven’t had many animals coming in, but they are seeing more dogs and cats finding their forever homes.
Fox News reported a Colorado animal shelter has twice emptied its cages in just one week.
On the downside, pets are coming in the very next day. Due to so many deaths to Covid-19, many find themselves pets are without owners.
It has been medically proven that having a dog as a companion has multiple medical benefits.
Anyone that knows anything about owning a pet knows they need exercise. As a result, people with their dogs tend to get more exercise than their non-pet counterparts. The American Heart Association says that dog owners are 54% more likely to get the recommended amount of activity.
By being exposed to pet fur and dander, the human immune system is healthier also. This results in a decrease in blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels.
Dogs can just plain make you a happier person. My Corgi made me smile at the very least once a day. Owners are often less likely to be depressed due to higher levels of serotonin and dopamine. This is mainly due to their calming effect.
I found that my dogs over the years were great conversation starters, which is said to promote social interaction. With more social interaction, people are more likely to have fulfilling relationships with likeminded people that make them happy.
Dogs can also make you feel safe. With their heightened sense of smell and hearing, they can detect danger long before humans. It’s a natural instinct to alert pack (you) members when something isn’t right.
To quote americanhumane.org, “Whether you’re taking your dog out for a walk or getting snuggled up in bed, just having Fido around can help put your mind at ease, something that helps both your mental and physical health.
Fostering a pet is bringing a homeless pet into your home until which time they can be placed in their forever home. This gives the animal a chance to learn how to be a better pet. They learn social skills they might not get when caged in a shelter. They give and receive affection from their fosters. Getting out of the stressful environment of a shelter can, in my opinion, really save their mental health.
Many of the shelters now are finding people fostering animals while they are themselves sheltering-in-place. Hopefully, foster pawents will fall in love with them and end up turning their foster dogs and cats into forever pets.
My biggest fear is for the pets that were adopted and end up back in the shelters when this pandemic is over.
Will people go back to their former selves and not have time. Or will they have had enough time to bond with their new buddies never to want to let them go?
They say it takes only 21 days to form a habit. Here’s to all the newly rescued becoming habits.
Many people say that after rescuing a pet, the rescuer became the rescuee!
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