Must love dogs: Why now is the ideal time to adopt a pet
Want to adopt a pet? Victorian animal shelters have fur babies in need of good homes.
If going for long lonely walks every day or spending hours holed up at home has you wishing for a four-legged friend, the good news is that major Victorian animal shelters including the Lost Dogs’ Home and RSPCA have many dogs and cats in need of a good home and are still open, albeit by appointment and with restricted operating conditions. But is now really a good time to commit to a new pet?
On the plus side, social distancing and self-isolation mean many of us will be able to spend plenty of all-important bonding time at home with a new pet. Playing with, stroking and talking to a fur-ever friend can help relieve feelings of stress and social isolation at times like this, not to mention providing an incentive to get out into the fresh air for your government-approved 30 minutes’ exercise each day.
“Pet adoption comes with an abundance of benefits for the person adopting, including companionship, stress relief and general wellbeing, while for the animal adopted it’s life changing,” says Suzana Talevski of the Lost Dogs’ Home.
“You are providing an animal with the second or in some cases a third chance they deserve,” Suzana says. She says some animals have come from horrific circumstances while others have come from owners no longer able to look after them due to illness or a change in their situation. Each animal is rehabilitated for adoption or fostering and the shelter takes care of a vet check, vaccinations, desexing and micro-chipping.