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Adopting a Pet During the Pandemic

Pet adoptions are at an all-tme high because of the need for compaionship during the pandemic. But don't take the step for granted, and learn about your options before you take a big step for you and the pet.
One of the positive trends during the COVID-19 outbreak has been the dramatic increase in pet adoptions. Some shelters have even reported that they are out of pets, at least temporarily!

The trend is not without problems, and several cautions or just good advice are worth remembering.

First, the pandemic will eventually end, but pet ownership should be considered a long-term commitment. If you are currently working from home or out of work, will you be able to care for your new family member when things return to normal? If your kids are home from school and helping care for a new pet, what happens when they go back to school?

These questions have been answered positively by millions of pet owners, and there’s no reason you can’t join them. But taking a few minutes to think about the issue is a very good idea that could save you and a potential pet from a lot of heartbreak.

Other Options

If you have any doubts about adoption, there may be other options. Perhaps you could foster a pet temporarily. Multiple organizations, including your local animal shelter, are often involved in foster care for pets. A simple Internet search for “foster pets near me” may be all you need to get started. A little research on the organization would be a good idea, and be sure to look at how long an organization has been operating and if there have been any complaints.

You may also know someone who needs short- or long-term help caring for a pet. Although every situation is unique, this could be a good option, especially if you’re familiar with the people and the pet involved to avoid any bad history. Especially if your fostering is likely to be short term, make sure you and the organization or individual agree on terms. If you’re liable to go back to work at some point, make sure you can leave the fostering on relatively short notice or make other arrangements.

Be Prepared

Be advised that whether you consider adoption or fostering, you will be questioned. Although your willingness to care for a pet is wonderful, reputable organizations will want to ensure that you can provide a loving and safe home. They’ll probably want to inspect your home and ensure that you are ready to make that commitment for the necessary time.

Again, good organizations don’t want to put a pet through the confusing and even heartbreaking experience of a placement that suddenly ends unhappily. If you truly want to care for a pet and are prepared to take the necessary steps to do so, then this should not be a problem.

Bringing a pet to your house may be one of the best things you ever do, but it’s worth remembering that it will be a time commitment, before and after the drive home.