Adopting a Covid Companion

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Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center

The Homeward Bound adoption center in Lakewood is one of many that has seen a spike in adoptions due to COVID.

In March of 2020, the world was shut down. The Coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on people everywhere, and everyone was trying to find safety and sanity wherever they could. What started with empty grocery stores is now leaving us with nearly empty dog shelters. 

Once everyone began to make Covid procedures part of their daily routine, things began to go back to normal. The new normal. It was hard for many, however, because there was no social interaction and a lot of isolation. According to the American Psychological Association, there is, “evidence linking perceived social isolation with adverse health consequences including depression, poor sleep quality, impaired executive function, accelerated cognitive decline, poor cardiovascular function and impaired immunity at every stage of life.” This newfound isolation from being in quarantine left many people suffering from depression and anxiety. 

Here’s a question: what is the best remedy for loneliness? Dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, the number one scientifically proven reason to get a dog is because they make us feel less alone. This, along with plenty of other reasons, such as cardiovascular health, stress relief, and social influence, has caused more and more people to go out and adopt. 

Almost one in five households have adopted a pet since the pandemic started, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)  tells us. This means that somewhere around 23 million American households have taken in animals over the past year and a half. There was a 15% increase in pet adoption compared to 2019, which was a find from Animal Shelters Count

With this new high adoption rate, there is now the risk of people getting rid of these pets. Now that we are slowly getting back to our normal lives, people are going back to school, work, and just don’t have time for pets. There is also the higher eviction rate that has made its debut this year. Being kicked out of a home also makes it harder for pet owners to maintain ownership over their pets. For the most part, animals that were adopted have remained in their homes. 90% of dogs have found forever homes, and 85% of cats have as well. 

As for the rest of these shelter animals, there is no better time to adopt than the holiday season. With Christmas coming up right around the corner, animal shelters are beginning to set up adoption events and getting all animals picture perfect. If you or a family member are looking to adopt, here are some facilities located right here in South Jersey:

 

Animal Adoption Center of NJ – Lindenwold

Voorhees Animal Orphanage – Voorhees

Animal Welfare Association – Voorhees

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center – Blackwood