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Pandemic Pets: How Animals And Their Humans Are Now Adjusting To Reopening




A dog wearing a Getafe wearing scarf as fans welcome the team to the stadium prior to the La Liga Santander match between Getafe CF and Levante UD at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on May 16, 2021 in Getafe, Spain.
A dog wearing a Getafe wearing scarf as fans welcome the team to the stadium prior to the La Liga Santander match between Getafe CF and Levante UD at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on May 16, 2021 in Getafe, Spain.
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As businesses begin to reopen and workers return back to their workplaces, newly adopted pets are faced with a new struggle: separation anxiety.

During the pandemic, pet adoption has experienced a boom in the United States as new owners looked to find companionship in a stressful time. And that sentiment has largely stayed put.

According to reporting from the New York Times, shelters nationwide have not reported drastic increases in pet returns and abandonment.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals conducted a survey and found that 23 million Americans adopted pets nationwide and considered not rehoming the pet post-pandemic. 

But faced with new owners being out of sight, how will these pets adjust?

Today on AirTalk, we discuss how owners returning to the workplace can accommodate their furry friends. Want to weigh in? Call us at (866) 893-5722.

Guests: 

Jill Goldman, certified applied animal behaviorist and the owner of Dr. Jill Goldman Animal Behavior Services in Los Angeles

Marcia Mayeda, director of Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control which is the largest animal sheltering organization in the nation, caring for more than 45,000 animals each year in seven animal care centers located throughout Los Angeles County.