CHARLOTTE – It’s crazy to think that 2020 – the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, staying home and wearing masks – is finally coming to an end. Though the pandemic isn’t over yet, we’re hopeful for a brighter 2021. As the holidays wind down, we encourage you to consider adopting or fostering a new furry friend from a local animal shelter or rescue if you haven’t already this year. Let one of your new year’s resolutions be to give a pet a chance for a forever home.
The pandemic actually seems to have led to an increase in pet fostering and adopting as people sought out new furry companions. However, as things hopefully begin be a little more “normal” as we once knew it, don’t forget that there are still plenty of animals waiting to be loved and welcomed into a family of their own.
Did you know that fostering a pet can have many emotional and mental health benefits?According to the CDC, spending time with animals has been proven to have the following health benefits:
- Decreased blood pressure
- Decreased cholesterol levels
- Decreased triglyceride levels
- Decreased feelings of loneliness
- Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
Take a look at South Charlotte Dog Rescue and the Humane Society of Union County if you are interested in fostering or adopting a pet, and take the time to ask any questions you may have about either process. Let’s continue to create hope and provide loving homes for furry friends in our area as we enter a new year!