One of the many consequences of the COVID-19 era has been the physical barrier erected between us and our loved ones. The absence of affection and physical contact can lead to increases in stress, anxiety, and depression. One solution that our Technomicians have been embracing is pet adoption. Due to a variety of factors, including a flexible work-from-home schedule, our employee owners have been fostering and adopting pets from local and national shelters.
“We talked about getting a dog off-and-on for about a year, but after a week of work-from-home, we finally decided to adopt! It’s been great having a playful pup that pulls us out of the apartment for some socially distant exercise”
–Tommy Howard, Recruiter, Technomics, Inc.
Lessons Learned from an Experienced Pet Foster Parent
Catherine Dodsworth, a Lead Analyst at Technomics, has been fostering animals for the past two years. When asked if she had words of wisdom for those considering fostering or adopting, she had this to say:
“I don’t know if people realize the amount of work that fosters have to put into their lifesaving efforts. A lot of time, energy, money, blood, sweat, and tears goes into the care of these animals, most of which come in sick or with no background information. If it weren’t for fosters, most rescues wouldn’t have information about the animals' habits and personalities or even the means to treat illness. It can be exhausting, but also very rewarding. I can’t even describe how great it is when you see your foster’s name pop up on the adopted list.”
Impact of Pet Adoption
Pet adoption and fostering has obvious positive effects for the animal. Cats, dogs, and other animals can grow into loving homes, and often get a second chance at life. Their individual personalities can shine, and their happiness is palpable (see the photos below)! Pet ownership has benefits for the humans as well, including a lower heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels and an increase in production of feel-good hormones like oxytocin and dopamine. In other words, adopting and fostering pets can help anyone who may need a friend during these trying times.