A series of alarming headlines have emerged over the past couple monthsalleging that the new wave of pandemic pet parents are returning theirquarantine pals as life resumes some form of normalcy. However, there appearsto be no truth to these reports, as animal shelters across the countryindicate that there has been no significant change in their intake ofpets.
I’ve hesitated to touch on this topic because I’m an advocation of adoptionand, aside from extreme lifestyle changes or other serious issues, I disagreewith teasing pets with a glimpse of the good life only to take it away fromthem. However, I always struggled to believe that the claims of pet returnsover the past couple months are true. Let’s look at this holistically: Giventhe multiple benefits pets provide to their owner, why would pet parents givethat up?
As humans, we tend to remember who was there for us during the hard times—andour pets are no exception. Over the past 15 months, pets provided comfort,stability and a sense of purpose for those who found themselves suddenlyisolated and quarantined. Our pandemic pets helped owners remain active,placated their emotions and generally supported them—all without knowing it.
While it’s for the best that pet parents are keeping their pandemic pals, itdoes pave the way for a troubling issue: Separation anxiety. As pets supportedtheir new parents emotionally, a sort of co-dependency was formed as humansand pets alike relied on each other and grew accustomed to each other’spresence. From that, an understandable concern emerges about how pets willreact when their owners spend most of their days at work.
Luckily, there’s a social media-wide push for offices to open their doors andwelcome pets into the workspace as the masses return to work. Even though thesuccess of that campaign is yet to be seen, here’s to hoping I write about therise of pet-friendly offices in a couple of months.
Source: USA Pet Business
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