Have you noticed the traffic jam of canines on your sidewalk? You’ve definitely taken note of the droppings left behind by not-so-civic-minded individuals. Maybe the board even voted to add those nice little doggie waste stations with a free supply of poop bags. Your favorite coffee shop with a big “no pets allowed” sign is now home to several remote-working furry companions and every other car you pass seems to have the happy head of Golden Retriever sticking out, eating the wind. And was that a cat…on a leash?
No, you’re not imagining things. Over the height of the pandemic, the ASPCA reported that more than 23 million American households adopted a pet. And now, as the ways of early Covid life transition to a somewhat return to normalcy, we’re left wondering, who’s taking care of these pets?
The answer? Fairy dog parents, by which we mean the network of people involved in raising one pet.
There are two major factors that have created this village of caregivers. The first is the return to work and the higher-than-ever demand for pet care. The Washington Post reports, “With many doggy daycares and boarding centers nationwide reporting months-long waiting lists—and newly adopted pets often lacking the socialization for boarding—pandemic pet owners are appealing to families, friends and businesses to ensure their dogs are living their best lives, or at least not spending the day alone.”