We are all stressed by the regular news of COVID-19 and many of us are working from home. But right now is actually a great time to help an animal in need!
Rescues and humane societies are closing but the animals still need help.
So why is now the perfect time to adopt or foster a pet?
- Many of you are working from home! You are around to give extra time to a dog or cat, or puppies or kittens! Even if you will not have time after this pandemic is over, you have time now and now is when the shelters are the busiest.
- The state of Colorado (PACFA is in charge of shelters and rescues) has issued an allowance for rescues to forgo inspections of new foster homes. This allows rescues to help more animals in need without breaking the need for social distancing.
- Shelters and rescues are doing fewer adoptions both because people are scared and from the need to close their facilities to limit social contact. Some shelters are having trouble staffing enough people to keep their doors open. Fostering or adopting an animal can help save a life during this desperate time.
- When you get a new pet you always need to purchase at least a few new supplies. Getting these from your local pet supply store will help your local economy! Contact us for our supply delivery service if you want to stay home.
- The extra time with you working from home and practice social distancing will give your pet time to adjust to your home and the new surroundings. It can be startling for a dog or cat to be in a new place and have you leave to go to work for an entire day. This time eases the transition so they will be more comfortable when you do go back to work.
- Contact with dogs and cats has been proven to improve mood and mental health. Plus having to walk a dog can improve your physical health. I think we could all use a boost right now!
- And last but not least, getting a new pet gives you a ton of cute pictures to post online. And we can all use something cute to break up the negative news!
How do you foster or adopt safely?
- Think about what pet would be a good fit for your household, either temporarily or permanently.
- Take a look online at animals up for adoption at local rescues. Most rescues list their adoptable animals on their website so you can find one that seems to be a good match for you.
- Reach out to the rescue and see how (or if) they are processing adoptions. Procedures are changing daily so it is best to reach out to them directly and figure out the current method for meeting the pet and going through the adoption process.
- Get any supplies you need! You can pick them up or have them delivered. Try to purchase them from a local supply store to support your local economy. Take a look at our checklists for getting ready for a dog or cat.
- If you are interested in fostering a pet, reach out to a local rescue and see if they are accepting new fosters during this time.
Then share the pictures with us!