Americans are turning to animal companionship in a time of isolation and uncertainty.  

Animal shelters around the country are reporting an incredible increase in pet adoptions and foster applications. 

  • The ASPCA announced a big uptick in adoptions in the last few weeks. They’ve also managed to find temporary foster homes for most of their animals. 

  • Animal Care Centers of NYC put out a call Friday looking to fill 200 adoption slots. They received over 2,000 applications. 

  • 2DaRescue, a nonprofit in Arizona, has experienced a 30% increase in adoptions and a 100% increase in fosters since the outbreak began.

  • Dallas Animal Services Shelter solicited foster parents on its website last Friday. It has already placed more than 100 pets in foster homes since the post. 

Everyone from celebrities to folks like us are reaching out a helping hand; and grabbing a paw. 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, fostering or adopting pets does not put you at an increased risk of getting sick or contaminated.

In fact, according to the CDC, having a pet at home lowers blood pressure, decreases feelings of loneliness, and increases your chances of exercising.

For more benefits, here’s a blog from Fluent Woof where they put together a thorough guide on Dog Ownership Benefits.

Having pets can also add a sense of purpose and normalcy to your daily routine, a welcome addition these days. 

Most shelters and agencies have lowered or completely waived adoption fees.

If you’re interested in adopting or fostering a pet, there are hundreds of services available. We recommend starting here

During these challenging times, it’s normal to worry about your pet’s health. The pandemic has made many of us spend a lot more time with them at home, making us more aware of their moods and habits in ways we didn’t see before. As we battle through these challenging times, there are a number of ways we can promote better health and happiness for our pets and for ourselves, such as exercising, playtime, and extra naps on the floor.

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