As time drags on in mandated quarantine, so is the amount of requests to assist in coping activities. Owning a pet is also not exempt from this increase since inquiry on it has greatly mounted.
It’s exponential growth. Puppy shelters have now seen as much as 150 people vying for a newly shown animal. & that’s happening in less than a day once a pet becomes available for adoption. Before, finding a home for a group of 50 canines used to take roughly 21 days.
Some wanting to adopt have even experienced applying multiple times & having nothing to show for it. Even fostering, the fastest option of pet companionship has been shown to have a 200-wait list. That’s a first in this industry. It used to be that one would have to practically beg people to take in a dog.
When you think about it, having a live sidekick during this time makes perfect sense. Even for the self-described antisocial &/or shy among us, having something that won’t talk to them is a plus in that respect.
Having to take care of something else helps take attention to self, thus lowering the potential of increasing anxious depression. This is powerful enough on its own, as even psychiatrists, pandemic or not, like to write prescriptions of ordering their patients to do volunteer work at least once a week.
The thought of having something that depends on us for most of their survival is medicine enough to get people prone to chronic depression to get moving. It also provides structure by having to attend to a certain schedule. That’s beside the fact of seeing how others interact, is prone to bring joy to our lives.
On our last installment in this ongoing series, we’ll go deeper into human health benefits to be drawn between the unique social connection between man & canine beast.