While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many changes around the world, it’s good to know that not all of them have been negative. When the pandemic first started, people were experiencing an increased sense of isolation. One way that people were seeking companionship was through adopting animals. Pets West and the Victoria Humane Society in Canada have had an increase in pet adoptions since the start of the pandemic. Pets were able to find homes a lot quicker because of this increase in demand for companionship. Lisa Nitkin, the owner of Pets West, has seen older cats get adopted just as quickly as kittens. Nitkin says of all these adoptions “You don't have animals being considered to be disposable. They're not sitting in the shelters.” Rhiannon Moore had wanted a puppy before the pandemic, but had to shift to online working before she could adopt one. Being at home more often and by herself gave her the confidence to go through with the process. Moore adopted an Australian Shepherd named Jib. Owning Jib helped to provide some much needed happiness for Moore during the difficult time of the pandemic.
I believe it’s very clear to see why more pets have been adopted because of the pandemic. While having a pet is a big responsibility, there are also lots of health benefits to reap from having a furry companion. For one, growing up with a pet lessens the risk of allergies and asthma. Having a pet will expose one to dirt and allergens, which will strengthen your immune system, and you’ll be less likely to have pet-induced allergies. You can also get more exercise with a pet by walking a dog or playing with a cat. Pets help to decrease anxiety, especially in the elderly or those with Alzheimer's. Pet owners were shown to have less triglyceride and cholesterol in their bodies than those without pets. Having fun with a pet will increase the presence of serotonin and dopamine, two feel-good chemicals, in your body. Best of all, at the end of a hard day, your pet will be there for you.
Caring for any kind of pet will provide you with love and companionship. If you want to adopt a pet, do your research. Look up local animal shelters in your area. Owning a pet is a big responsibility, so you need to be well-prepared. Good luck to you and your furry friend!
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