As the world enters unprecedented territory due to the coronavirus pandemic, every corner of every industry has been impacted.
That includes animal shelters, who house thousands of homeless cats and dogs around Australia.
With volunteer numbers down due to workers being told to self-isolate and social distance, it has become increasingly difficult for the homeless animals to be taken care of as per usual.
Hence, the RSPCA has put out a plea for those who are capable to adopt or foster a pet.
Mamamia spoke to Bondi vet Dr Chris Brown about why adopting a pet now could be great timing, but also emphasises that we shouldn’t be “puppy panic buying”.
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Here’s a thought. Maybe social distancing doesn’t have to be so lonely. With animal shelters already at capacity, Coronavirus could create a potentially catastrophic drop in pet adoption rates. But if we’re heading into a potential period of self-isolation, why wouldn’t you take some company with you? With the WHO (World Health Organisation) now agreeing that pets pose no risk and can’t be infected with Covid-19, social distancing with a friend might make perfect sense. Just think. What other time in our entire adult lives are we unlikely to be spending long hours in the office? So if you’ve been thinking about adopting (and can afford their food and health care) this could be the perfect time to take a furry family member from their social isolation and ease yours. All while seizing a perfect opportunity to understand and enrich each other’s lives… . If there is any positive to come from these crazy times, maybe an abundance of caring homes and loving humans with time on their side is one…
“It is, in many respects, the perfect time to show a bit of love to another fellow earth resident that is currently in isolation and is looking for some company – and that is a rescue dog or cat.”
Of course, you still need to be realistic about whether you can feasibly look after an animal right now.
“You have to weigh up your current life circumstances. This is only really relevant for people that have been thinking about it and wondering whether they should adopt,” the television presenter and vet said.
Listen to our full conversation with Dr Chris Brown about adopting a pet amidst the coronavirus crisis here. Post continues after audio.
“You only do this if you have the finances to back it up. But for me, the big bonus of this time – if we can try to find one positive – it’s the fact that all of a sudden we have a lot of time on our hands, we have a lot of ‘home time’ on our hands.”