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Pet Owners Were Happier During the Pandemic

A Saint Bernard puppy surrounded by three long-haired tabby little kittens.
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During the COVID-19 lockdowns, pet adoptions soared. Most reports chalked this up to the basic human need for companionship. However, it appears that the folks who adopted pets were also happier.

Animal lovers likely won’t be surprised to hear that pets are good for your mental health, but this is more than anecdotal evidence.

This month, Rover surveyed over 1,000 pet owners who adopted during the pandemic. A whopping 93% of respondents said their new pet improved their mental or physical health during quarantine. Of those who worked from home, 80% said their pet improved the experience.

Rover also found out a bit about the pets. Of the new family members, 64% were adopted, with 40% coming from a nonprofit or rescue (the rest came from family). Many of these new pets gained a fur-sibling as well, as 66% of respondents already had an animal.

You can see check out all the findings from the survey here. If you’re considering adopting now, be sure to check out these helpful tips before becoming a dog or cat parent.

[Via People]

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