As more and more of us practice social distancing and self-isolation, we could do with an adorable pet to keep us company.
And, in fact, one particular animal shelter in Virginia is encouraging aspiring owners to foster one of its animals amid the coronavirus outbreak. So, if you'd already been considering fostering an animal or are in the position to do so, why not welcome a new addition to the family right now?
The shelter in question, Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) in Virginia, has taken to Facebook to reach out to potential new pet owners.Check out the animal shelter looking for volunteer dog snugglers:
In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the shelter, which RACC says is the only open-admission shelter in Richmond, hopes to reduce their kennel staff workforce in order to reduce exposure to the disease. But the RACC can only do that once it has fewer animals in its care.
This is the shelter's post in full:
"On this Monday morning we are feeling thankful. Thankful for your incredible support; thankful we closed RACC in an effort to keep this virus from spreading and put protocols in place for necessary interactions. RACC is the only open admission shelter in Richmond—we can’t control what animals come to us or how many will need our help in the coming weeks.
Life saving is paramount and our incredible officers are working 24/7 to help those animals most in need. So many of you have opened up your heart and home to a RACC shelter pet during this tricky time and we thank you!
The less animals we have in house, the more we can reduce our kennel staff workforce, which reduces exposure. The goal here is to keep our human and pet populations safe. Thank you to everyone for your continued support! #weareyourcityshelter #virtualadoption #fosteringsaveslives."
There are animal shelters in areas all over the country, encouraging people to adopt an animal. Here are some of the cities in which shelters are urging people to take home a new four-legged friend: New York City; Austin, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Chicago; Memphis, Tennessee. Some of these are even offering the service sans adoption fee, per House Beautiful.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, "can spread COVID-19."