COVID-19 Creates Spike in Pet Adoption

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We’ve all continued to likely read the headlines as our nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, but even amongst all of the uncertainty and unknowing, there are some stories emerging that show the goodness of humankind.

Our focus here is to protect and help you incorporate your furry friends into your home life so w were especially touched when we saw headlines break that the pet adoption world was booming as Americans shelter in place at home.

The reports indicate an increase of up to 90 percent in pet fostering during COVID-19 in some cities in the U.S. Others who cannot adopt are donating food and blankets to help shelters as well.

Speaking to WIRED, Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said, “Folks who don’t have animals for one reason or another, because of their work schedule or their travel schedule, that’s all changed right now.”

“In the midst of all these things that are so challenging and so hard, communities are really stepping up for these animals,” Block told Wired.

What to Do to Welcome a New Pet Home

If you’re one of the many who have helped to find a new home for an animal in the shelters across the U.S. – Thank You! Now that you have your cuddly furry friend home with you it’s important to help welcome them into their new space. Here are a few tips we’d like to share and how DogWatch can help!

Give Them Time

The important thing to remember about shelter animals is that they will need some time to come around and get used to their new living spaces. Some may have never had a home setting before and others may have come from not so great pasts. It’s key to get to know your pet before you adopt and then treat them accordingly as they adjust.

Make Them Comfortable

The best thing you can do during this transition phase is to help your pet to get comfortable. Set-up a permanent food and sleep area. Something soft and warm that they can get to know as “their space”. If you have a few toys for them it will also be a nice welcome gift and of course, some good quality time with the family can be comforting for all.

Create Boundaries & Freedom

Welcoming a new pet into your home comes with some challenges too. If you’ve never had a curious pet in the home you might discover that things are chewed or misplaced if you’re not careful. The best way to protect your pet and your belongings is to set up boundaries for them. Both areas where they may roam freely and those off-limits.

DogWatch of Western Mass. Can Help

We offer a way for you to effectively keep your pet off the couch, away from the trash and out of the dining room or kitchen! Our pet containment systems allow your pet to roam and play freely within the boundaries you set – indoors and outdoors. We also offer training to help with getting them to safely obey the new boundaries you’ve put in place.