How You Can Safely Complete a Pet Adoption During COVID-19

How You Can Safely Complete a Pet Adoption During COVID-19

As the pandemic rages on and the timeline for leaving the house stretches further away, more North Carolinians have turned to pet adoption than usual. Many pet adoption agencies have seen a surge in adoption requests throughout 2020. If you’re one of the many looking for a furry friend to quell your quarantine loneliness, here’s a handy guide for that pet adoption during COVID-19.

Before Your Pet Adoption

Contact your local shelter or pet adoption agency.

First things first: give your local ASPCA or another local shelter a call. Most shelters in North Carolina have opened, but you may be required to make an appointment before you visit. Once you have your appointment, be sure to mask up, as most shelters require masks for entry.

Check out the pet adoption agency’s social media.

Pet adoption during COVID is a little more difficult, but not impossible.
Image courtesy of APS of Durham.

Many shelters keep their socials regularly updated with pictures of adoptable pets. In an effort to keep traffic in the shelter itself down, many agencies ask that you first check out who’s available (whether in foster care or at the shelter) before making your appointment. Also, checking their social media will expose you to all sorts of dog and cat pictures, which are rewards by themselves.

Fill out an adoption application.

Once you’ve found a new friend available for adoption, you’ll need to fill out an application to adopt him or her. This step isn’t very different than pre-COVID applications, but if you complete it at home, you’re helping further decrease traffic and keep the staff (and yourself!) safe.

After Adopting Your Pet

Image courtesy of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville.

Once you’ve adopted your new furry friend, don’t fret — the hardest part is over. Your risk of catching COVID-19 from your pet is low. Just be sure to keep your pet’s leash and bedding clean, and practice social distancing if you’re walking a dog.

If you’re craving a few more creatures in your pandemic pod but aren’t quite ready to adopt, reach out to your local pet adoption agency and inquire about being a foster parent. Fostering helps keep shelter space available for new incoming pets and helps get the animals well-socialized. Not to mention that it would benefit you with the furry companionship which we’ve all needed this year.

Be sure to check out the Lifestyle section for more helpful info about pet ownership and care!