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Animal Shelters Are Looking For People To Foster Pets Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Animal Shelters Are Looking For People To Foster Pets Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

During your self-isolation, you don't have to be completely alone; instead, you can help an animal in need by fostering them.

As the world is currently reeling under the pandemic of Coronavirus, it is important that we remember that an act of kindness can make a difference. If you are spending a lot of time alone because of COVID-19  and feeling lonely at home, there we might have a solution for you. During this time, we have been asked to socially distance ourselves so as to control the spread, which is a necessary step. But you don't have to be completely alone; instead, you can help an animal in need by fostering them.  

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Julie Castle the CEO of Best Friends Animal Society, told PEOPLE, said, "If you don’t have a pet and are thinking about getting one, now is the perfect time to ‘try it on’ by fostering from your local shelter. Shelters and pet adoption facilities nationwide need people to foster pets on a temporary basis." The Center for Disease Control (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO)and the American Veterinary Medical Association have stated that pets cannot spread the COVID-19 virus. Besides, studies have shown that having a pet has immense benefits: it makes our lives better, happier, and healthier. 

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By doing so, you will not only help shelters who are already overburdened, more so during this pandemic, with low adoption rates and have limited resources and finances. Castle added, "Animal shelters across the country are having to deal with an increase of dogs and cats in need of homes because fewer people are visiting shelters right now, and in some cases, shelters are having to temporarily close to the public."

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She continued, "Some animal shelters are already seeing an increase in intake, and many are bracing themselves for the possibility of fewer adoptions and fewer foster homes, and are concerned about limited space." If you already own pets and cannot take another one in, the CEO of Best Friends Animal Society, America's largest no-kill animal welfare organization, stressed the importance of reaching out and helping our furry and feline pals in these dire times. 

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She said, "Best Friends hopes to assure people with pets that their relationships with their dogs and cats should remain unchanged and there is no reason to consider surrendering pets to shelters." When it comes to the perks of having pets, Castle added, "It’s not only safe to keep pets in the home, but also beneficial, as they can serve as a source of comfort during a crisis. The companionship of pets has been shown to reduce stress and lower anxiety, helping people to feel calmer and more secure when the news from the outside world is distressing."

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To keep yourself and pets safe, Castle offers valuable suggestions such as stocking up food and essentials for a month. In case you have pets or thinking about adopting or fostering one of these furballs, ensure pet medications and medical records are up to date, and last but not the least, wash your hands before and after handling your pet, and regularly disinfecting your pet’s products including the bowls, leashes, and beds.

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