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Adopting a Pet during COVID-19 by Petra P.
Adopting a pet can be confusing and concerning, especially during COVID-19. Having pets in your life is amazing, and some people decided to adopt pets of their own during quarantine. Why is that? Well, here are some of the most commonly asked questions by people currently considering adopting:
Why is it important to adopt instead of shop?
You’ve probably heard the saying "Adopt, don’t shop" before. You may be wondering “What does that mean?”
Every time someone adopts, a space is open for another animal to be rescued. In this way, you’re saving the pet that you choose and the pet that comes after that. The more that people adopt, the less pets that need to be euthanized! Adopting could save countless furry lives, so it is essential to adopt and not shop!
Is it true that pets help with your mental health?
Yes. Having a pet around can help relieve any stress, anxiety and tension, and they can even help you focus better.
Will having a pet help with coping with the stress from COVID-19?
Yes. It has been proven that spending time with your pet can help you mentally and can certainly make you feel less stress during these troubling times! For instance, whenever I feel stressed, I put on my headphones and listen to music while scratching my dog, Cezar, behind the ears. Since it has been proven that pets can reduce stress, pets like (highly-trained) dogs are sometimes brought into hospitals to cheer up patients!
How often should I give my pet a bath?
Dog - once a month (unless dirty)
Note: Avoid over-bathing. It causes dry skin for your dog, which is very uncomfortable for them!
Cat - 4-6 weeks (unless dirty)
Note: Remember to use a blow-dryer afterwards!
Is it safe to adopt a pet from a shelter?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is a low risk of pets from shelters contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to humans. But remember, even if it’s a low risk, it doesn't mean there is no risk!
Should I worry about my pet catching COVID-19?
It depends on your pet. Not all animals have severe symptoms, but many pets like cats have a higher risk of having symptoms. You should be careful and take care of your furry friend by following safety guidelines, such as practicing good hygiene.
Where do I find more information on pets spreading COVID-19?
For more information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html. You can type in any questions that you have about pets and the coronavirus, or just COVID-19 in general.
What are some unique names for my pet?
If you’re interested in adopting, remember: It’s not you who chooses the pet, but the pet who chooses you!