May 9, 2021
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As Pandemic Impacts Pets’ Well-Being, Insurance Can Help Address Concerns

Sa El is the Co-Founder of Simply Insurance and specializes in Life & Health Insurance, and he is certified in Long Term Care Insurance.

With 67% of American households owning at least one pet, it’s easy to understand the love and attachment we have to our furry friends. People often refer to their pets as their “fur babies” and use the expression “pets are people, too.” Well, we are learning that when it comes to the pandemic’s effect on mental health, pets are more like people than we may have thought.

The Covid-19 crisis has brought some heartening news

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Many families have adopted new pets during the pandemic; here’s how to prepare for your cat or dog’s best, healthy life | Health | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander

Of all the things to result from the past year of pandemic-pressured living, perhaps the best has been more time spent with our four-legged companions.

Another bright outcome of that extra homebound time has been more households opting to introduce new furry friends into their homes, either for the first time or as siblings to existing pets.

In the face of many challenges presented throughout 2020, the Spokane Humane Society only saw a 3 percent decrease in adoption numbers for the year, says Executive Director Ed Boks.

“Despite the government shutdown and social distancing and having adoptions

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Pandemic had harsh impact on spay and neutering | Western Colorado

For years, spay and neuter programs have played a pivotal role in keeping stray animal populations at bay, especially in Mesa County.

However, as the coronavirus pandemic raged throughout 2020, spay and neuter procedures ceased entirely, sometimes for upward of a month at a time since they’re considered an “elective surgery.”

During the height of the pandemic, veterinarian clinics across the state were only performing surgical procedures where the animal’s life was at stake.

As a result, concern has since risen about an influx in feral cat and dog populations within the valley.

“The cause of (feral cat populations growing

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Humane Pennsylvania gives out more than 400,000 pounds of pet food during the COVID pandemic | Local News

Humane Pennsylvania has donated over 400,000 pounds of pet food to pet owners in need in Berks, Lancaster and other counties since the coronavirus pandemic hit the region.

The animal welfare organization operates shelters, adoption centers and veterinary clinics in Reading and Lancaster.

Over 87,000 pounds of the donated food went directly to individuals with pets in the two cities served and over 312,000 pounds were given to other organizations for distribution in several Pennsylvania counties, according to a news release.

The individual donations were coordinated and distributed by Spike’s Pet Pantry as part of the Humane Pennsylvania’s Healthy Pets

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Live Animal Markets Should Be Closed to Prevent the Next Pandemic

<p>”Food desert” has become a <a href=”https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-access-research-atlas/documentation/#definitions” target=”_blank”>common term</a> to describe low-income communities — often communities of color — where access to healthy and affordable food is limited or where there are no grocery stores. Living in Tucson, Arizona, in the Sonoran Desert, taught me that despite its common usage, “food desert” is an inaccurate and misleading term that pulls focus from the underlying root causes of the lack of access to healthy food in communities. The language we use to describe the issues can inspire solutions, so we should follow the lead of food justice leaders who urge us

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pets cuddling: Pooches help humans fight the blues with ‘cuddles’ during pandemic

At first glance, Snuffy might seem like the average pet dog – adorable, friendly and enthusiastic to boot. However, the three-year-old labrador is unlike most others. That’s because Snuffy possesses an important job, and designation – that of a ‘professional cuddler’, who helps humans struggling with mental health, through cuddles and playdates.

THE RISE OF FURRY CUDDLERS

During the pandemic, dogs and cats have become caregivers – especially for people with disability and mental health issues. Pet trainer Dr Tanuj Saxena says, “The world has never needed its puppies and kittens as much as it does now. The cuddles are

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