Companionship benefits people, pets during COVID-19 shutdown

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By Amy Campanini

With COVID-19 filling everyone’s minds, it seems there’s little room for much else. However, with so much uncertainty right now, I find comfort in being with animals. 

A soft purr, a paw on my knee and the wag of a tail all bring joy to my heart. As Palmetto Animal League’s President, I get to experience these sweet moments of solace every day, but I know there are so many others out there who might be feeling lonely or stressed right now.

It occurs to me that we need the animals right now just as much as they need us. So, to help connect pets and people, we at PAL would like to offer some ways you can help the animals (and maybe they can help you, too).

With everyone sticking close to home, it’s a great time to adopt or foster an animal. Bringing a new pet into your life can ease restlessness and renew a sense of schedule. 

At PAL we are offering “Open Air Adoptions” including video meet and greets, curbside service and adoption applications via phone. View our adoptable pets online at www.PalmettoAnimalLeague.org and call us at 843-645-1725 to schedule a meeting.

And with resources more limited, the need for fosters also becomes even more critical. PAL is reserving its available resources for the most at-risk animals, including those with urgent medical needs and those in immediate danger due to space requirements at other shelters. 

When we can move happy, healthy, awesome animals into foster homes, it opens space for us to rescue other pets in desperate need. So, while you’re spending more time at home, please consider inviting a shelter pet to join you. Email Sally@PalmettoAnimalLeague.org to learn about becoming a short-term foster.

With everyone practicing social distancing, we’ve seen a drop in financial support as well. Funds are more crucial than ever for rescues right now. 

At PAL we care for about 200 animals and stand ready to rescue others in desperate need. As a private, non-profit, no kill rescue, PAL receives no government funding and donations mean everything. 

If you can, please consider making a life-saving gift online at www.PalmettoAnimalLeague.org.

And finally, if you already have a pet (or pets) and need medical care, consider a “virtual vet” appointment with PAL Veterinary Physician Dr. Stacy Levin. It’s an opportunity for affordable veterinary care without leaving home. 

Call the PAL Veterinary Clinic at 843-645-1727 to schedule a virtual appointment.

Bringing animals and people together has always been the mission of animal rescuers, and as shelters around the country prepare to operate at critical capacity for an unknown span of time, the power of companionship can be life-changing for both.

Amy Campanini is the president of the Palmetto Animal League.