Man’s Best Friend


Richard Metcalf

   In recent history, humans have discovered that civilizations have domesticated pets for over 12,000 years. Through crusades, revolutions, world wars, and now global pandemics pets have been a symbol of stability for those in need. 85 Million U.S. families have a pet with half of those having more than one pet.
For many, the quarantine caused by the Covid-19 outbreak has caused higher stress, anxiety, and depression levels. With our normal daily routine being scrapped, and the even scarier threat of Covid, many have turned to pets for comfort. This idea is not without reason though, countless studies have shown pets cause lower levels of stress, much-needed serotonin, and dopamine.
Nathan Thai, (10) a sophomore at a private school in Santa Clara, has seen the best and worst parts of private education. With much stress and a full plate or work, Thai sees his 7-year-old Shih Tzu as an anchor to his emotions,
“It’s like having a living emotional support system that’s always going to be there for you,” said Thai.
Cyrus Gouda, (10) a sophomore at Heritage feels the same about his 6-month-old German Shepard that he got to help him through Covid.
“The best part is having a companion that sticks by you no matter what because for most, that’s the kind of relationship that gets you through times like this,” said Gouda.
People around the world are realizing the benefits of pets. Most are turning away from the bad and looking towards a better future, one with an extra companion by their side. Luckily, there have always been options for adopting a furry friend.
Most adoption centers, shelters, and breeders have had seen soaring numbers in the last 6 months, not just doubling but in some cases tripling the adoption rates of just last year. Some breeders have reported having waiting lists going into 2021.
Even families not sure about full adoption, have committed through foster care. While the world of humans may be struggling, pets across the globe are out of shelters and into loving arms.
There has also been a large increase of obscure animal adoptions during quarantine. Some abstract animals like the over 100-pound guinea pig, the Capybara, or the infamous “Stick-Bug” are being adopted more and more every day as a result of Covid.
For many, the college experience has been tarnished by recent events, but Faith Metcalf (13) is more concerned about the well being of her 11-year-old Dachshund she had to depart with for college. She has gotten through many rough times simply because she always had her pet to rely on. She admires her pet as she feels,
“Even if you feel like you have no one to talk to, they are always there to listen,” said Metcalf.
So whether you are a dog, cat, or giant guinea pig person make sure to cherish your pets through these hard times and let them cherish you.