When the autumn blues start to make us all feel down, there is an instant cure that instantly makes us feel better. It’s that wonderful time of the month again, which means that everyone is getting a much-needed dose of joy from the cutest rescue pets who have found loving forever homes.
Don’t be greedy—share the fluffy post with someone who’s feeling down, having a bad day, or going through a difficult time. Because if anything can make a person feel better, it’s the cute furballs who have finally received the affection they deserve. Congratulations to animal shelters, animal welfare organizations, and caring parents!
Every year, around 6.5 million companion animals are surrendered to shelters in the United States. Dogs make up around half of the population, while cats make up the other half. However, the situation has improved: the number has decreased from 7.2 million in 2011. That isn't to say there isn't still potential for improvement.
And, in the midst of the global epidemic, when good news is scarce, there has been a long-awaited rise in pet adoption. Animal shelters around the country are reporting enormous increases in the number of animals they've adopted out or placed in foster homes, from New York to Wisconsin and North Carolina to Colorado and New Mexico.
Fostering demand has surged by 90% in some cities, according to Kitty Block, president, and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “Folks who don’t have animals for one reason or another, because of their work schedule or their travel schedule, that’s all changed right now,” she told Wired.
Meanwhile, a new shortage has emerged in New York City. After running out of bikes recently, it is now coming up short on dogs to foster. “For the moment, we definitely don’t have any dogs left to match” with foster volunteers, Anna Lai, the marketing director at Muddy Paws, told Bloomberg. “Which is a great problem to have,” she added.
If you're thinking about getting a pet and bringing a companion animal into your life, don't do it on the spur of the moment. Rob Young, the head of center operations at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, is here to share some insights on what you should know before and after adopting a cat or a dog.
Even during the times of the pandemic when we all feel more lonely and in need of a companion than usual, “getting a pet should never be an impulsive decision,” said Rob. As a result, Battersea animal rescue in London, England continues to follow their normal rehoming procedure, such as “assessing the motivations and suitability of new owners.”
Moreover, Rob said that their rehoming staff “will additionally consider the impact of Government restrictions on new owners.” That means that they will be checking that potential “owners are able to provide a setup that will still be suitable for a new pet once lockdown is over and they return to their usual lifestyle.”
Whether we like it or not, there will always be pet owners who are unable to care for their dogs and cats for various reasons. Rob said that “Contacting a rescue center is the most responsible decision if you can no longer care for a dog or cat,” and even if it’s a very difficult decision, he asked to “put that fear aside for the sake of your pet’s welfare and bring them to a rescue.”
“You’ll never be judged or shamed for making the responsible decision,” promised Rob and reminded him that the wellbeing of an animal should be of the highest priority.