Fostering an animal during coronavirus pandemic could be beneficial to mental health

A dramatic surge in applications to foster pets during the coronavirus pandemic may have led to an unexpected secondary result: improved mental health and sense of well-being for those fostering the animals.

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- She has really been a blessing. I understand the concept of the love that pets give now more than I ever did before.

- This is [? Barlow. ?] He's really, really soft and cute. This is what he looks like.

- When little Nate came up in this pandemic and he needed a place to land, so we were happy to take him in.

- This is Nico. I've been fostering him for about three or four weeks now. I decided to foster because all of a sudden I had all this new-found time.


- It's been great. How've you been? How you liking it? I don't think that's a good response. I thought all fosters were like problem dogs. I thought that you have to teach them everything from scratch. She has really been a blessing.

- So far, it's been incredible. It's been a lot of fun for me, and I think for him. He seems to like it a lot.

- We wanted to give an animal an opportunity to go into a loving home and then have the potential to be adopted.

- It kind of feels like it's part of our family that we kind of have back, because it kind of felt weird without a car in the house, because my whole life, I've had a cat.

- In all honesty, it is. It's really, really hard to let the dogs go. But the way that we try to think about it, is it's a little bit of sadness for us, but it's a lifetime of happiness for the dog and the people that are adopting that dog. And you're giving somebody a brand new chance at life and a whole new life.

- She has brought so much joy to my life. Oh, god. She's, she's just the best kitty. I can't believe I'm crying over my foster cat leaving.

- He's so sweet and we love him, and we're going to be sad to see him go. But if we see him going to a loving family, then it'll just make my heart so full