With stay-at-home orders in place across the country due to COVID-19, many people currently find themselves with an abundance of newly discovered free time. In Seattle, WA, individuals took advantage of quarantine orders by using this time to finally adopt a pet. The Seattle Humane Society received over 1,000 applications over the past two months, showing an outpouring of interest in pet adoptions. At the Tacoma Humane Society, there were 337 pet adoptions in March, 50 more than they received February.
Adoptees agree the pandemic comes with some positives: they have the time to stay home and get to know their new pet. Having a pet in the house can also help combat loneliness due to social distancing and serve as a comforting companion.
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