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With so much going on in the world, it can be easy to feel depressed and alone, now more than ever. The need for companionship is what drives many to adopt a furry friend into their home. From reducing loneliness, helping to structure daily routines, to lifting moods – the advantages of owning pets have been well documented for years. While pets have always been seen as a much-needed companion and friend, in a lockdown situation, they have become lifesavers for many.

Consistent Companionship

Demanding attention and love, pandemic, or no, pets have become the lifeline for many who struggle with staying indoors. In a time where social distancing is the norm, where kisses and hugs are a thing of the past, pets are there to save us all. Providing owners with a sense of comfort and purpose, they bring security in a time of uncertainty.

Staying Active

Even amid the Coronavirus, you can’t be a couch potato. You can’t sleep in until 11 or 12 in the afternoon when you have a friend to feed, and if that friend is a dog – well, they’re still going to need those daily walks around the block. Whether cleaning cages, taking walks, or just playing around the living room, pets are helping to keep their owners active and accountable. After all, did you really need to binge-watch another few episodes of Tiger King today

Making New Friends

If you stop to think about it, it isn’t surprising that animal shelters and charities are seeing a surge in pet adoptions during these uncertain times. Even though being forced to stay home creates a stressful environment for many, for others, it’s created the perfect opportunity. Many individuals are finally given the time to bring a furbaby home and establish a meaningful relationship

In times like these, pets can bring us things that you can’t buy off a shelf, unconditional love, simple joys, a smile, and a warm hug. If you’re considering bringing home a new friend during these trying times, just remember that a pet is forever, not just for now.