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A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™Follow this author
By Joanna Gale
It feels like no new year has ever been so heartily welcomed as this one (or rather, no old year as readily ditched as the last) but, sadly, we set off into 2021 with headlines reporting that hundreds of pets acquired during the COVID pandemic are being handed in to rescues shelters or advertised for resale online.
I know many will agree with me that pets are fabulous. They can bring joy, laughter, companionship and physical activity. And whilst they’re doing all that they’ve also been shown to provide benefits to our mental and physical health.
They also eat, pee, poop, chew, lick and sometimes even bite. They have emotions and feelings and needs. They can get stressed, lonely, excited and frustrated. They require veterinary care – routine and emergency - and looking after them costs money, time and energy. It’s well worth it, most pet owners would agree, but choosing a pet and welcoming them into the home are not decisions to be taken lightly. Even an adult animal is entirely reliant on their human companions to meet their needs, and a puppy or kitten even more so. The right living environment, diet, fresh water, exercise, attention, companionship, training and health care are the most basic of requirements and none should be overlooked.
This pandemic is not over yet and whilst we know that many people are suffering various kinds of loss and hardship as a result, let us not look back and see that our loyal and loving pets suffered as a consequence. They are always there for us, and now - more than ever - they need us in return.
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Joanna Gale is Global Scientific Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations Manager at Mars Petcare
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