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Pet Adoption Has Surged During COVID-19 Pandemic, But We Must Remain Cautious

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Pet Adoption Has Surged During COVID-19 Pandemic, But We Must Remain Cautious

Pet adoptions and fostering surged across the country when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted stay-at-home orders.

Fox Business reported that according to the Humane Society of the United States, the current situation is a good time for animal lovers to adopt or foster a pet.

“COVID-19 does not discriminate; people from all backgrounds and communities” will feel the impact, the Humane Society’s website says. “A deep connection to animals transcends socio-economic, racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries and honoring that bond with compassion, not judgement [sic], is a very simple yet impactful way to contribute positively in your community during this crisis.”

Potential pet parents will also contribute to the reduction of strain on shelters.

“Did you know that shelters and rescues always have a great selection of animals looking for new homes? You can find cats, dogs, birds, small animals, even horses and livestock. In fact, any type of animal available for sale at your local pet store or from a breeder is probably waiting for adoption in a nearby shelter or rescue,” the organization said on its website.

According to the organization, fostering is beneficial for animals. It’s especially true for pets “who can’t adapt to shelter life, those who need to be nursed back to health and orphaned animals who need someone to step in for their mom.”

Not Everyone Should Come Near Pets

However, experts urge some people to avoid contact with other people and pets. These include anyone who has symptoms, has COVID-19, or believes they have exposure to the virus. They must also avoid sharing any food.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is low. However, “some coronaviruses that infect animals can be spread to humans and then spread between people, but this is rare,” the agency said.

The virus “appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations,” as per the CDC. This seems to be true, “especially after close contact with a person sick with COVID-19.”

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