Animal Shelters Are Struggling Due to COVID-19. We Must Help Them Now!

The spread of the coronavirus and its rippling effects on public health, the economy, and everyday life has thrown our world for a loop. It is difficult to recall a time when the virus was not the singular issue on everyone's mind. But from the chaos, heroes are emerging in droves. Grocery store workers, pharmacy staff, delivery folks, doctors, nurses, and ambulance drivers, city technicians who keep gas warming our homes and electricity providing us light in these dark times - this list barely scratches the surfaces of the millions of helpers. If you are able, consider joining their ranks.

Sign the petition today to pledge to help animal shelters in whatever way you are able!

Unfortunately, when shelters who house and care for dogs, cats, and other furry companions become overcrowded or do not have enough resources, they have to make the tragic decision to euthanize these animals. 

And these shelters are already feeling the fallout from this crisis. So many of these wonderful organizations depend on two main pillars - donations and volunteers. With the economy in turmoil, folks who support local and national animal charities through monetary channels are no longer in a position to do so. And due to the recommendation from the CDC and an increasing number of city-wide mandates, people are being told to shelter in place. This means volunteers are no longer able to donate their time and physical labor.

That's where you come in. This time of self-isolation, increased remote work, and social distancing can be a wonderful, fulfilling time to take in a foster pet. Taking on some of the burden that shelters are under by providing housing and care for an animal in need can, in turn, provide much needed comfort for a person and the animal.

Studies have shown that having a pet (even temporarily) can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as reduce feelings of loneliness. Having a dog also increases the opportunities to perform socially distant exercise, such as walks or runs, that one may feel less compelled to do alone. Often, shelters are able to support folks who foster animals by providing food and covering medical costs for these furry friends. Fostering a dog, cat, or other pet serves to benefit shelters across the country, the animals themselves, and you.

Don't have the capacity to foster or adopt an animal? There are still many ways to help. Donating money, food, or toys to your local shelter is a great way to support these organizations and the pets they help. Make sure to call shelters that you are considering donating to and asking what they need most in these tough times.

We are living in a time of great uncertainty. Animals that needed our help before the beginning of this pandemic now need us more than ever. Please sign the petition if you plan on fostering, adopting, or donating to an animal shelter!
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