Pets During Isolation

Our world is on lockdown and we are self-isolating to slow the contagion of the Coronavirus COVID-19. If you are an extrovert who lives alone you may be very tempted to go see a friend or invite someone over, but the isolation is for all of our protection.  Have you considered getting a pet? The local shelters and rescues are still adopting out animals. They are looking for foster homes for animals so that they can run skeleton crews and have fewer mouths to feed. 

There are a lot of reasons why having a pet is good for you (and good for the pet).

 Here are 5:

  1. Animals are allowable companions during isolation and quarantine 
  2. Animals give us unconditional love 
  3. Animals give us  purpose and meaning to our lives 
  4. Taking care of an animal gives us a reason to get up and do something every day 
  5. Walking your dog is an acceptable outdoor activity when everyone else is stuck inside

Self-isolation and physical distancing is easier for some than for others. If you’re struggling, feeling lonely or beginning to despair, consider taking in a furry companion.  Call your local shelter and /or cat or dog rescue and ask how you can help by fostering or adopting a pet. 


About the Author:

Stuart Fensterheim, LCSW helps couples to overcome the disconnection in their relationships. As an author, blogger and podcaster, Stuart has helped couples around the world to experience a unique relationship in which they can feel special and important, confident in knowing they are loved deeply and that their presence matters. The Couples Expert Podcast consists of weekly provocative conversations offering the perspectives and insight of experts from a variety of relationship related fields. Stuart also offers daily relationship video tips on The Couples Expert YouTube channel and by subscription in Stuart's Daily Notes. Stuart is happily married and a devoted father of 2 daughters. His office practice serves the greater Phoenix, Arizona area including the cities of Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, and Mesa.