Covid Companions

Covid+Companions

Jenna Carrothers, Staff writer

Adopting a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic has become appealing because of the abundance of time many people are currently spending at home. With more time at home, this is a good opportunity to bond with your new pet. Since the beginning of quarantine, March of 2020, adoption rates have increased across the country. The animal shelter, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, stated  “[one week in March] we brought in 149 animals from high-kill shelters and adopted out 134. That is our average for one month normally,” (npr.org). 

Although the adoption rates have increased, there may be more animals entering the shelter than normal. COVID-19 has caused many people to become extremely ill or even pass away from the devastating virus. When people can no longer provide for their animals, sometimes they have to make the difficult decision to find their pets a new home or bring them to the animal shelter. 

A THS Adoption Experience 

Marcelino Cruz, a senior at Tumwater Highschool, adopted a kitten during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the quarantine earlier this year, Marcelino had ample time on his hands, which led him and his family to grow bored. With life seeming slightly dull, and having more than enough time and energy to dedicate to a new member of the family, Marcelino’s mom decided to bring home a kitten. They named the kitten Frankie and she is now about seven months old. Frankie taught Marcelino that having something to take care of is a lot of responsibility, “I basically raised her in my room for two months, and it taught me that I don’t need a kid because she be waking me up every other hour.” There are many benefits to having a new pet and for Marcelino one of the benefits is that it gives him and his family something to do, instead of being bored. Marcelino hopes, “If you get a pet, please actually play with it, and tend to it.”

                                                                       (Marcelino’s cat, Frankie)

Ways to Help During the Pandemic 

Looking to adopt a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic? Consider visiting a local animal shelter to meet some available animals. There are all kinds of animals looking for their forever home in the Olympia/Tumwater area. Maybe even consider adopting an animal that is having trouble finding their forever family. Some types of pets that are notorious for having a hard time getting adopted from shelters are special needs animals, exotic animals, feral or not socialized animals, and elderly animals.

Some people might not be able to adopt a new pet right now, but they may still feel an obligation to help out their local shelters and animals in need. Luckily for them, there are plenty of other opportunities to help these animals. Some things that can help are donating, volunteering, and fostering animals that are still searching for their forever home. Visiting a local shelter’s website can provide people with valuable information about ways to help. 

The Lewis County Animal Shelter, located in Chehalis, is operating very differently than it did before Covid. Due to the guidelines they are required to follow, there currently aren’t very many ways to help the shelter, other than donating. Fortunately, people can still adopt a new pet from the shelter! One of the shelter employees said, “Right now we are not able to have people come to the shelter unless they are making an appointment to actually adopt an animal. Covid-19 has even caused the shelter to be under new rules.” If someone is interested in seeing what animals are available at the shelter, they can visit the Lewis County Animal Shelter’s website, Facebook page, or their Pet Finder page. 

Strays Currently Up for Adoption! 

Meet “Daisy”, a miniature schnauzer mix! 

Daisy is a senior dog, her exact age is unknown, but she is older than 9 years old. She came to the shelter as a stray, but no one came to claim her so now she is looking for her new forever home! Daisy is a sweet dog who loves attention, and would make an amazing companion. Her adoption fee is $155 and she will be spayed.

This is “Barn Cat Bob”, an older barn cat. 

Bob is an older male cat and is described as “very set in his ways”. Bob would be happiest in a home without other pets, or a home where he could have a barn all to himself. He enjoys being pet and he is a sweet cat! His adoption fee is $65, and he will be neutered. 

If you are interested in Bob or Daisy, get in contact with the Lewis County Animal Shelter. The shelter also has many other animals looking for their forever home! 

The chance to help an animal in need is very fulfilling. In September, my family got the opportunity to adopt a tiny eight week old kitten that we named Penny; nicknamed Kitty. When we first brought her home she was very shy and timid, but as time went on her personality blossomed. Now, Kitty is a rambunctious and curious 16 week old kitten. Although it can be sometimes frustrating when she decides to rip at the curtains or try to eat our house plants, I would never change our decision to adopt her. Adopting a pet during quarantine has been an interesting and unforgettable experience, and I’m grateful that I was able to adopt my cat Penny.

(Penny)