(CBS Local) — Social distancing got you feeling a bit lonely these days? If you’ve ever thought about fostering a pet, this is the time to do it.
Animal shelters across the country are asking people to consider becoming pet fosters as some shelters are having to close as employees and volunteers get sick or need to self-quarantine.READ MORE: Dundalk High School Teacher Charged With Assaulting 2 Students
And with no way for potential new owners to actually meet the homeless animals, fewer are being adopted.
“The less animals we have in house, the more we can reduce our kennel staff workforce, which reduces exposure,” Richmond Animal Care and Control in Virginia wrote in a Facebook post about their closure. “The goal here is to keep our human and pet populations safe.”
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Animal Shelters are Looking for People to Foster Pets Amid Coronavirus Fear https://t.co/pC569TIcj4
— House Beautiful (@HouseBeautiful) March 16, 2020
Some locations are offering to waive adoption fees should you decide to provide a forever home.
Baltimore is currently operating on appointment-only for adoption and emergency intake:
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Our shelter is now open to the public by appointment only for adoption and emergency intake by emailing email@example.com or calling 410-396-4695. Appointments are required for all visitors, including adoptions, surrenders, volunteers and fosters. https://t.co/YPH6wCJktc pic.twitter.com/dNv4imBXDq
— BARCS Animal Shelter 🐾 (@BARCS_SHELTER) March 17, 2020
There’s no evidence that pets can get or spread COVID-19, but the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention recommends “people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.”