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May 29, 2020 10:23:31 AM
May 5, 2020 by Living Assistance Services - Senior Home Care
If ever we could use unconditional love, support, and companionship, it’s now and who better to provide it than a pet.
Research has shown time and time again that contact with pets provides numerous benefits for our mental and physical health, including:
For seniors, having a pet has been shown to help older adults cope with isolation. Given the current climate and the recommendation to physical distance and social isolate, there’s no better time to consider adopting a pet.
While there is no better time to share your love with a furry friend, finding a pet to adopt when the country is at a standstill due to the pandemic can make it seem impossible.
Animal shelters, such as local SPCA animal centers are currently closed to the public due to the pandemic, but shelters aren’t the only option for seniors who are looking to adopt a pet.
Many animal rescues are still open to adoptions and have protocols in place to help keep you and their staff safe during this time.
Animal rescues are non-profit organizations run by caring volunteers who take in animals in need and help find them loving forever homes.
Animal rescue groups generally focus on a specific type or breed of companion animals, usually dogs or cats. You can find pets of all ages and breeds in rescues.
An online search or call to a local vet can direct you to pet rescues in your area. On occasion, vet clinics have pets in their care that are in need of a home.
Occasionally, people looking to rehome a pet post on Facebook groups and online classified sites, such as Kijiji.
Pets make the world a better place. For all that they do for us, they deserve just as much in return. This begins with not taking the decision to adopt lightly and being certain that welcoming a pet into your home is right for you and them.
Here are some things to consider before you adopt a pet:
If you’re ready and able to commit to a pet, be sure to do your due diligence. Get as much information as you can about the organization or person you’re adopting from, as well as about the pet, including its medical history, temperament, and any special needs.
Owning a pet is a forever commitment, so the more prepared you are, the better for you and your future furry companion.
To stay safe from Covid-19, contact with the organization should be mainly conducted virtually; either by phone or internet. When the time comes to meet the pet in person (a MUST to make sure you’re a good fit for each other!), appropriate measures need to be taken so that you can continue to self-isolate.
Be sure to ask the volunteer or rescuer how this can be done. In order to continue your isolation, a family member who lives in your household or a professional in-home care provider can help so that you do not have to come into direct contact with anyone else.
Healthy Pets, Healthy People. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/index.html