The increase in adoptions has had an overall positive effect on the population here in the United States. Pets are often a source of companionship and comfort, and some of them have even gone so far as to become Emotional Support Animals or Service Animals for people diagnosed with various physical and mental health disorders.
Pets provide a form of social interaction for their owners, and this is especially important in these times of isolation, loneliness, and fear. Before COVID-19, studies have demonstrated that pets provide their owners with extraordinary comfort and affection.
More people are spending time with their dogs and cats outside, in their yards or neighborhoods, or even just outside on the porch. Walks with dogs have also kept people active whereas people without pets may be more prone to a sedentary lifestyle.
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the world, and according to experts, it is unlikely to dissipate any time soon. This could mean further closures and more isolation for people, who have been naturally social beings for thousands of years!
Thanks to the bond between humans and their dogs and cats, there has been an increase in adoptions across the country. Pets can have a miraculous impact on our well-being, and so perhaps their increased prevalence among us will show them to be little miracle workers when it comes to the negative impact of social distancing.