cJudging from the past year and some changes, we’ve all adopted new interests and skills (looking at you, preparing for epidemics and making puzzles). Then there were those of us who came out with a new furry friend—a trend that has taken over the Well + Good virtual office by a perfect storm of cuteness.
We weren’t the only ones to beat the pet adoption fever. number of shelter animals (A national database that tracks pet shelters and rescues) There were 26,000 pet adoptions in 2020 compared to 2019, an increase of 15 percent. be seen? Everyone needed an extra snuggle this year.
Adopting a pet in the best of times remains a new life challenge filled with hurdles for first-time parents – not to mention doing so during a year of unprecedented transitions and struggles. So, today we’re diving into three different pet pandemic stories for Well + Good employees—as well as the biggest lessons they learned from this kind, life-changing decision.
After hearing all their stories, one theme was crystal clear: Keeping your pet feeling healthier, their best (just like you), is always the top priority – and that starts with their diet. Made with the highest quality ingredients such as poultry, grass-fed meat, wild fish, cage-free eggs, AkanaRecipes® is a healthy, balanced pet food option that provides protein, fruits, vegetables and herbs for young children with every meal. Consider finding the right healthy food the first thing you can cross off your pet parent’s checklist.
Keep scrolling to find out what Well + Good employees learned about adopting a pet during the pandemic.
Kayla O’Kelly, Digital Traffic Coordinator
My friend and I decided to expand our little family during the pandemic and put our extra free time into puppy training. We found Dakota in a shelter, and (obviously) fell in love with her instantly.
We found out she had a very sensitive stomach, so we tried a lot of different dog foods and made many visits to the vets until we found ACANA® Healthy Pills puppy recipe (With fresh or raw chicken being the first ingredient that’s nutrient-dense, and it’s also high in protein.) She loves it so much and we can tell from the start that it gives her a lot of energy – and it’s one of the only foods that goes with her stomach.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned (aside from the importance of a healthy diet of course) is definitely patience. I know it sounds cliched but I didn’t realize how little patience I had until you adopted the Dakota, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Bojana Galic, Fitness Writer
The good thing, for me, that has come out of the whole pandemic is my cat, Stella. I decided to adopt it because it was the first point in my life where I was at home full time and actually had time to give my cat the love and attention it needed.
The biggest lesson you’ve learned? Just like young children, kitties learn from their mothers. So far, I have a few kittens of mine. We have the same tantrums, enjoy mutual TV time, and never say no to extra snacks throughout the day — and I couldn’t be happier.