Another piece of great news – according to the news, many shelters and rescue groups are seeing a huge uptick in adoptions as people, at home and in need of a little more love, seek it from the wonderful pets waiting to be adopted. Many shelters are thrilled to see their dogs and cats taken to (hopefully) forever homes in record numbers. I just hope that when the economy returns to normal that these new or renewed pet guardians remember that the dogs and cats were there when we needed them; we must be there when they need us, which is for the rest of their lives. Adoption is a commitment, sometimes a long one and the responsible, caring among us must live up to that. For those who aren’t willing or able to make that long term commitment, fostering is a wonderful alternative, which is also seeing an increase. This way, you can enjoy the animal for the short run and help it find a permanent home when you return to the work that has kept you from making that longer commitment. For some foster “parents,” you will no doubt benefit so much from seeing your new charge thrive that you will find some way to make it a permanent relationship with dog walkers, day care or some helpful neighbor filling the gap when you are back at work.
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