Going to the beach may not be a bad idea if proper distancing can be maintained, but this post is about our lovable pets — in and out of the coronavirus quarantine.
I am an unabashed, self-proclaimed Dog Lover. That’s Capital D, Capital L. Still missing my beloved Bess, and more than ever during this pandemic, I long for the phenomenal comfort only a pet can provide. Besides her love and sense of humor, I miss Bessie’s joyfulness for life. Her translation of shelter in place would undoubtedly mean endless adventures, Frisbee and gardening time! I can feel her enthusiasm even in sweet memory, and tears still fall from the tender hole in my heart.
Tendrils of canine yearning began in February when discovering Potcake Place during my Turks & Caicos adventure. Completely run by volunteers, this puppy shelter offers outsiders the opportunity to walk and hold the puppies. People line up before 10AM for the chance to savor some love. There is nothing, absolutely nothing like holding a puppy or puppy breath. (Dog lovers know what I mean. Cat lovers maybe not so much.) The purpose isn’t to entertain tourists but to socialize the pups. What an awesome idea! Of course, Potcake Place also hopes you will courier a pup or better yet, adopt.
I hadn’t actively been seeking Bess’ successor at that time, thinking I’d use the chasm of emptiness to honor her memory and travel more. But, then the coronavirus came along cancelling my spring walking tour in the Cotswolds, and heightening my craving for canine companionship. (I do have a cat but it’s not quite the same to me. Sorry cat lovers.)
Now, friends and I circulate canine videos more often to give our coronavirus spirits a lift. I’ve also learned an abundance of dogs now need adoption or fostering due to the coronavirus.
Whether you do or don’t have a dog, cat, horse, bird, bunny, or any other pet, may you celebrate the comfort, love and joy these special creatures so generously offer. Support a shelter, adopt or foster if you can, and mark your calendar for National Pet Day on Saturday, April 11th this year.
Here’s more than a dozen places to show the love. Feel free to add your favorites here too:
- American Humane COVID Relief Fund – Feed the Hungry Fund for abandoned animals
- Stay Home and Foster – 2-6 week emergency fosters needed
- The Animal Rescue Site – click for free to feed
- Best Friends Animal Society – national no-kill sanctuary for companion animals
- Clear the Shelters – nationwide pet adoption drive
- Petfinder.com – take the quiz to find a good match for you (and matches of course)
- National Mill Dog Rescue – rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes discarded breeding dogs
- American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – promotes kind and respectful treatment of animals
- Cheltenham Animal Shelter – urgent care appeal in UK due to the corona virus
- Borders Pet Rescue – finds loving homes for abandoned and unwanted pets in the UK
- Maruthy Dog Shelter – gives handicapped, injured, old and abandoned dogs a home in India
- Gouves Animal Shelter – provides care and protection for stray and injured animals in Crete
- Rescue Me – international map of breeds and animals available for adoption