Owning or bonding with pets provided an even more important benefit to human well-being than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The value of companionship and emotional support that pets provide has become more significant during the pandemic,” said Dr. Fane Cross, veterinarian at the Routt County Humane Society Wellness Clinic. “People have become attached to their pets on a level that may not have been as rich before the pandemic. Adopted animals that people bonded with have been hugely impactful on their lives, bringing pets into their homes during an otherwise lonely time.”
As pet adoptions remain higher at the local humane society, pet and human volunteer partners at nonprofit Heeling Friends are back visiting with staff, patients and family members in common areas at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center.
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