WASHINGTON, DC – Pets helped us cope with the pandemic by easing stress, fighting depression and loneliness, giving us reasons to exercise and play, and just being great companions. Now that stay-at-home orders are lifting, America’s pet care community is sharing an infographic to help people transition pandemic pets to a lifelong part of the family.
Understandably people are facing new challenges as they begin to make their way back toward pre-pandemic routines. Many are going back to work full-time, or soon will be, after working from home with their pet for two months or more. Others are facing difficult changes to their financial situations due to lost jobs or decreased hours. Animal shelters and rescues across the country were emptied with generous people stepping up to foster pets, many of whom are now considering permanent adoptions.
This new infographic provides information for various situations and is designed to help pet owners and fosters make informed and responsible decisions in the best interest of both the pet and the family. Whatever each individual or family’s changing circumstances are, or how the pet is reacting, there are ways to support their pet ownership journey to give them the opportunity to continue enjoying the scientifically-proven mental and physical health benefits of animal companionship.
Download the infographic here.
Additional information and interviews available upon request. Proudly supporting responsible pet ownership, this educational outreach was developed by American Pet Products Association (APPA), Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), and World Pet Association (WPA).
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,100 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Pets and Vets Program, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.