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Residents seek pet companionship during stay-at-home order

Posted at 6:57 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 21:48:29-04

BOZEMAN  — With people spending more time at home in isolation, a lot of people are relying more on their pets for companions.

“I think it’s a great time to adopt because more people are staying at home. They can spend more time with their new animals,” explained Kristin Sherwood with the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter.

But before you head to the shelter, they have had to make a couple of changes because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Here at the shelter, we’re doing everything by appointment only, so that includes: surrenders, adoptions, all of our services are by appointment only. So, we’re limiting the public into the shelter itself,” she said.

Heart of the Valley currently has two dogs in-house, and a couple of cats that are looking for a good home.

“I have a dog at home, and it’s just so nice to just go home and be with your pet. It’s a comforting factor, you know regardless of the circumstances. I think pets are always there for you with their unconditional love and attention," Sherwood said.

The shelter has thought about the possibility of people having to surrender those pets once they return back to work.

“We hope that that’s never the case, but we can’t really predict what will happen,”she said.

But the shelter is working to make sure that option is avoided.

“We are working on some resources to get out to the community for when people are going back to work and that transition period with your pet now being at home more while you’re back at work,” Sherwood explained.

For more information on the pets available or services offered, visit here.