Foster a Pet Now, If You Can

Photo: ShutterstockThe world is a scary, stressful place right now. Parents are juggling the pressures of working from home with the added stress of school closures. Workers, especially those in the service industry, are facing either layoffs or a reduced work schedule. Meanwhile, physical distancing means forgoing many of the routines that keep us grounded.…

Foster a Pet Now, If You Can

Photo: ShutterstockThe world is a scary, stressful place right now. Parents are juggling the pressures of working from home with the added stress of school closures. Workers, especially those in the service industry, are facing either layoffs or a reduced work schedule. Meanwhile, physical distancing means forgoing many of the routines that keep us grounded. One way to make the world a lot friendlier, and a little less lonely, is to foster a pet. Given all of the necessary precautions, a lot of shelters are currently in need of volunteers to offer a temporary home to their animals, in order to free up resources. Even if you aren’t in a position to offer a permanent home, fostering is a way to help an animal in need. The good news is that it doesn’t look like pets can transmit COVID-19. Having a pet comes with a lot of health benefits. These include decreased blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. The most important benefit, especially in the era of COVID-19, is that pet owners report decreased levels of loneliness. Given all of the physical
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