Adopting a pet is a big responsibility. But if you have the right conditions and do the homework, the rewards of saving an animal in need outweigh most concerns and fears surrounding it.
Every month, we at Bored Panda go through the subreddit r/BeforeNAfterAdoption and hand-pick adorable photos that show animals enjoying their second chance at life. Whether it will inspire you to get a pet, donate to a shelter, or simply make your day, it's a win-win. May 2021 was no exception.
My Foster Dog Had Never Been Indoors Before. This Is Her First Nap, On A Bed, In A Home
At the beginning of the pandemic, reports emerged that people began adopting animals in huge numbers. Cages were getting empty. But skeptics remained cautious whether the boom will produce any long-term results. They feared that once the isolation ends and governments ease restrictions, allowing their citizens to return to their normal lives, there will be a spike in pet returns. New findings, however, suggest otherwise.
Recently, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) released new data from a nationally representative poll of 5,020 respondents. According to the numbers, close to one in five households acquired a cat or dog since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, which would account for approximately 23 million American households based on the 2019 U.S. Census.
"The vast majority of these households still have that pet in the home—90 percent for dogs and 85 percent for cats—and are not considering rehoming their pet in the near future," ASPCA told Bored Panda in a statement. "Despite alarmist headlines tied to regional reports of a surge in owner surrenders, this trend is not currently evident on a national level with many organizations simply seeing a return to pre-pandemic operations and intake."
My Foster Kitten Is Part Domestic Shorthair, Part Vampire
Anytime Someone Asks To Adopt The Pups Separately I Send Them This Picture
"This incredibly stressful period motivated many people to foster and adopt animals, as well as further cherish the pets already in their lives, and our recent research shows no significant risk of animals being rehomed by their owners now or in the near future as a result of the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions," said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO. “Pets are still providing their families with joy and comfort, regardless of changes in circumstances, and loving owners continue to recognize and appreciate the essential role pets play in their lives."
As COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted across the country, the majority of surveyed pet owners are incorporating their new four-legged family members into their lifestyles with little reported concern about having enough time to spend with their pet or wanting to travel more but feeling limited by an animal.
A Fantastic Blep From My Newly Adopted Blind Old Kitty, Ambrose
Someone Is Happy To Be Adopted Today
"Although some pet owners expressed general concerns, 87 percent of respondents shared that they are not considering rehoming their animal, suggesting that pet owners remain committed to caring for their cats and dogs," ASPCA explained.
But it is important to remember that even without a national surge in returns occurring at this time, there are a variety of reasons that might make it difficult for individuals to keep a pet due to new factors outside of their control.
"The ASPCA encourages any pet owner who may be considering rehoming their pet to enlist the support of a friend or neighbor—or to reach out to a shelter or rescue organization in their area, as the staff can often provide advice and assistance," the organization said.
Some issues are tougher than others. So for pet owners who are concerned about their new dog experiencing separation anxiety when routines change, there are many resources to help ease the transition, and working with a certified applied animal behaviorist, veterinary behaviorist or certified professional dog trainer can help.
For more information about the ASPCA's efforts to keep people and pets together, visit ASPCA.