3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)
During this COVID-19 pandemic, there is so much fear and uncertainty in the world. There are so many articles about the negatives during this time, so I want to take a moment to focus on the positives of the situation.
For humans, it might not seem like there are many positives. In fact, things probably seem harder than ever. But for rescue dogs… life is great! Ever since the pandemic started, rescues and shelters have seen a significant increase in dog adoption and fostering!
With so many humans at home right now, it seems like the perfect time to welcome a new furry friend into your family. Families will have some extra time to really get to know their new pups if they adopt. It’s the perfect time to work on training and bonding with a dog.
People who have never fostered before are also stepping forward to foster dogs. Adopting a dog is a big commitment, so fostering is often a better choice for humans. They get a lovable companion to spend time with during this quarantine.
Shelters like Chicago Animal Care and Control, Ionia County Animal Shelter, and One Love Pet Adoptions are just a few of the many shelters that were able to adopt out all their dogs during this time. Many other shelters have noticed an extreme increase in dog adoptions too. It sure is a great time to be a rescue dog!
Are You Considering Adopting a Dog During COVID-19?
If you want to give a rescue dog a forever home, that’s great! However, I just want to remind you that adopting a dog is a permanent thing. If you’re going to adopt a dog during this time, make sure you’ll still be able to properly care for that dog even after the pandemic is over.
As much as I love seeing dogs get adopted, I want to make sure that they’re going to a forever home, not just a temporary home. If you adopt a dog, you’re committing to them for their whole life. It wouldn’t be fair for you to save a dog just to surrender them after this situation is over. Many rescue dogs have sad pasts, so you’d only be adding to their worries and fears.
So, if you don’t think you can handle taking on a new family member, please foster instead. With so many humans spending all their time at home, it’s the perfect time to welcome a foster dog into your home. You can have a quarantine buddy without having to make a life-long commitment.
To find places to foster, contact your local shelters and rescues. During this time, they likely need more help than ever. Even if you can’t foster, at least consider donating. Even if it’s just a small donation, it can go a long way.
If you want to help dogs in need but don’t know how, please check out my comic fundraiser! It’s a fun and easy way to donate some money to help dogs in need! And if you have any other rescue-related things that you’d like to see on my blog, please contact me and let me know! Stay safe, everyone!
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