Joplin Humane Society encouraging fostering a pet while social distancing

Fostering a pet can help with feeling isolated, alone or anxious amidst social distancing because of the coronavirus

The Joplin Humane Society says that right now is a great time to foster a pet.

Because of the coronavirus, many are working from home or implementing social distancing to help reduce the spread of the virus, but social distancing could have you feeling too isolated, anxious or alone…

“Having foster pets or animals in general is really great for stress relief, pets help calm peoples nerves, they are there for you when you’re having stressful times, they’ll nuzzle you, they really feed off your energy and they help to relax people” said Shelter Services Manager, Tianna Fischer.

Fischer says fostering can help with more than just your mental health.

“Right now is a great time to foster pets and have somebody to love on and play with and take your attention of off not being in school right now. We know there are some kids who have an extended break so it’s a great opportunity for them to learn some responsibilities and care for animals.”

Recurring foster parent Bea Rey has been fostering animals from the Joplin Humane Society for as long as she can remember.

“I think it was meant to be, it was, I can’t come up with the word right now, but it gives meaning to my life.”

She says having a companion during this social distancing period has been beneficial.

“For people that are older and are feeling like I have higher risk of going out, this is so rewarding you have no idea. Just walking the dog that you’re fostering because, social distancing you don’t see people, you just don’t get close to people if you don’t want to, so I think it’s a great idea, I think fostering makes you feel better.”

And the shelter is always looking for more foster parents.

“We have a list of potential foster parents going at all times, that way when a litter of kittens or puppies come in the back door they’re going out the same day” added Fischer.
The shelter is also in urgent need of cleaning supplies, like bleach and disinfectant wipes that have been hard to find. They are asking for any donations.
If you would like to become a foster parent, contact the Joplin Humane Society.

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