We also adopt a dog or a cat in Italy, we will give a bit of happiness to a life and we will only receive unconditional love in return.
More and more people are working at home because of self-isolation, and they are alleviating loneliness with the presence of pets such as dogs and cats.
In the United States, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue on a regular Sunday at PetSmart in Gaithersburg, Maryland, held an adoption event to allow dogs to find a family. But since news of the coronavirus began to spread, the waiting list suddenly grew from 10 to 40 applications for dog adoption candidates. Mirah A. Horowitz, Executive Director of Rescue, said that “in one event, we managed to reach 30 adoptions in less than three hours”.
In this time of crisis created by the pandemic, when shopping is done to keep necessities in mind and now millions of people are working at home and school, isolation increases the choice of taking pets into the home for companionship. Many people said that having lots of free time now was the right time to take care of a new pet.
In kennels across the country, there has been a strong interest in adoption and promotion, as well as offers of help everywhere from free shelters to small non-profit groups. For example, in California, where 40 million people live, Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order to stay in their homes and only go out for work or essential trips, such as shopping and taking your dog for a walk.
Kathy Shield, a student at the University of Berkeley, after years of wanting a dog, took the opportunity to adopt one. Shield’s choice fell on a 2-year-old black and white dog taken from a shelter by the Milo Foundation in Point Richmond, California, and named him Atom. Shield said: “I am a nuclear scientist, a very demanding job. But now that I have the opportunity to work from home, I can afford to take care of Atom and adapt it to the new environment. Also, I am delighted to have someone to talk to, and I am sure it will help me to keep up with the daily rhythms, such as getting up early and eating at set times. ”
The decision to adopt pets into a family is often discouraged during a stressful or busy time of the year, such as holidays. But the coronavirus has created a near-parental leave situation for many people who, instead of caring for a sleepless baby, are teaching a dachshund puppy not to chew the footstool.
Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says, “There’s no doubt that animals offer a lot of companionship, especially in times of crisis, and they certainly appreciate the attention, encouraging people to adopt them or to temporarily care for animals in need inside shelters.
Katy Hansen, Director of Marketing and Communications, explained: “We thought we had about 50 applications for adoption, but we received 2,000, and most of them are people who live with roommates, have no children and work at home or have suddenly found themselves unemployed. Probably those who are working do so 14 hours a day because most people do not come to New York to start a family, but to work and build a career. Now that they are at home, they use their impulse to take care of pets. ”
ASPCA says it has seen a significant increase in the number of people interested in adopting an animal in recent weeks and has been able to find temporary shelters for most of the animals.
2DaRescue, a non-profit organization in Mesa, Arizona, since the start of the coronavirus crisis, has reported a 30 percent increase in adoptions and a 100 percent increase in Entrust.
The Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco, where residents were ordered to stay home, was able to adopt 10 dogs in one week, and all the dogs in the kennel found families.
The Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California, last weekend was able to find a family for 51 animals, including cats and dogs, adults and puppies, compared to a number that is usually around 33 cases. Jessica Gercke, director of communications, said: “We were all delighted with the result obtained over the weekend, where we found that most of the candidates were working in schools in the region, closed with the pandemic”.
Lisa LaFontaine, president, and CEO of the Washington-based Alliance for the Protection of Rescue Animals said her thoughts were with the 90 partners of the homeless dog center in the north, as they work to free overcrowded shelters in at least 15 southern states. Her team is working hard to create adoption programs, considering that shelters in the north are more struggling and less able to help abandoned animals. The promotion is also aimed at those who can help even for a short period when additional difficulties arise.
Video producer Maya Dangerfield is usually too busy with her job to house a pet. But now that her free time has increased and she works from home, she and her husband have decided to hire a dog. They have taken poodles from Hearts & Bones Animal Rescue and will be watching them until they stay home, so at least for another two and a half weeks. Dangerfield said, “I’m not tired of my husband yet, but it’s nice to have a dog, especially someone to hang out with.”
Adopted animals are not just dogs, people bring home all kinds of living creatures for companionship so they can cope with a period of isolation, share their actions on social networks, take a break from the most distressing news.
Pets are also a good pastime for young family members forced to return home, as in the case of Kenneth Lynch and Lauren Wakefield, who chose to buy a betta fish named Freddy for their two young children, to infuse them. Lynch wrote, “An animal will help the child occupy some of his time more healthily during school hours.”
In some cases, people take pets for a variety of reasons. For example, Kelly Bordas, a physiotherapist, parent and new chicken owner in Oviedo, explained that “we’re stuck in the house, the grocery stores are empty and we’ve decided to take chickens for eggs.” Kelly Bordas bought her first two chickens. The two hens live in a cage on three hectares of land and have become both a source of entertainment and a livelihood, laying one egg a day. The girl works with the parents to take care of them. Kelly Bordas says that “he loves them, he always goes out and wants to pet them, he wants them to be his best friends.
For Julianna Caplan, the fear of coronavirus was the perfect time to finally give her 13-year-old twins the dog they had been waiting for. The whole family is now home from work and school, so on Sunday they went to the Homeward Trails adoption center in Fairfax, Virginia and within hours they adopted a Blue Heeler. The adopted dog was named Pepper Corona, for his grey and white spots and his entry into their lives at this historic moment. Julianna Caplan said, “It’s nice to adopt a pet and the kids are happy. At this delicate time, it seems to be the right thing to do, especially psychologically. I look at this dog and I say, “I don’t know what your past was, but your future is going to be fantastic.”