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Pets seen as top source of companionship amid pandemic, but many pet owners faced financial challenges

Pets seen as top source of companionship amid pandemic, but many pet owners faced financial challenges

The majority of pet parents in the US say their furry friends have been a top source of companionship this year amid the pandemic, with 58% of new pet owners citing companionship as the main reason for getting a new pet, according to a new report from Mars Petcare. The report, ‘Pets in a Pandemic’, identifies how pet ownership has evolved with the pandemic and highlights the benefits and challenges to pet parents in 2020, including some of the financial…

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Amid lockdown in Moscow, some dogs find new homes via online delivery

Amid lockdown in Moscow, some dogs find new homes via online delivery

Stuck at home during Moscow’s coronavirus lockdown, Alexandra Novatova opted to use a delivery service, a big decision, because she was ordering more than a pizza or a shipment of toilet paper. She got a dog brought to her door. Novatova chose the pooch, a shepherd mix, from a 12-hour online broadcast. Animal shelter volunteers showed dogs and cats to try to match them with humans. Dog adoption is on the rise in many parts of the world as people…

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Dogs can help ease stress during self-quarantine

Dogs can help ease stress during self-quarantine

As a response to the Covid-19 outbreak, more people are social distancing and undergoing self-quarantine, but man’s best friend can help with emotional support during the isolation. In a Q and A session published in the Medical Express, University of Arizona biological anthropologist and comparative psychologist Evan MacLean spoke about how dogs may provide welcome emotional support during the pandemic. MacLean, an assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center in the College of Social and…

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