In Quebec, many people have adopted a pet and have welcomed him into the family during the pandemic, and the containment. The reasons are varied and interesting to discover. I just wanted to share with you some of these beautiful stories, as a witness of the special relationship between humans and animals.
Natacha Gagné is a moderator at the spiritual life and community involvement at école Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, Outremont, and lives in Mont-Saint-Hilaire with her husband Luke and her son, Eliott. They already have a dog and two cats, but they have even hosted another animal during the pandemic. “When we were asked to become a temporary host family for a cat of 9 months in the need, I said yes without hesitation “, I she confides. “It is normal for us to help a shelter, because we love the animals, and for son, it was a beautiful project of containment that socialize an animal” tells me Natacha Gagné. The first few days were difficult, because the newcomer, Raspberry, remained permanently hidden. Over time, Raspberry became more curious and became friends with Chewbacca, the dog of the family. “He comes to see us for hugs, but prefers the company of the dog to our own “, me, ” she says. “When the shelter we were contacted again, the choice was easy. We decided to keep it rather than handing it over for adoption. “
Carolane Besner and Mr. Chocolate
For its part, the owner and creator of Liv and Léana, a clothing company for children online, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Julie Pinsonneault came to the aid of a kitten wandering. With the pandemic, and the confinement, his daughter, Léana, 3 years old, was starting to get bored of his friends, and his usual routine was missing. “His father and I had to continue working and I tried to occupy my best, but it was also necessary that I focus on my business,” tells me Ms. Pinsonneault.
“Léana has asked us if she could have a little chat “, me, ” she says. Why ? Definitely because of the stories of Caillou and his cat Gilbert that his parents read every night. Of course, they talked with her of the responsibilities that would ensue. After many unsuccessful searches in shelters, Ms. Pinsonneault learns that a lady had found a litter of four kittens aged just a month in his garden shed. We went to see them and Léana has had a blow of heart : “Mom, he is so cute ! “Since then, Léana has literally transformed into a” real little mother to this kitten. It is occupied as if it was his baby, tells me Ms. Pinsonneault. See her so happy fills me with happiness, ” she said to me. Now, it remains to find him a name.” Solange, Gilberte, or Colette ? For the moment, Léana changes her mind every day.
For its part, Carolane Besner, a sales representative in the field of camping, has adopted a rabbit a year of the name of Mr. Chocolate at the Montreal SPCA in a full pandemic. It was to brighten her home and to keep company with Chocolatine, their first rabbit, she also rescued and little bit social with his daughter Abigaëlle 6-year-old. “We wanted to not only find a rabbit player to Abigaëlle, but also soothe Chocolatine who has lived alone all his life…” tells me this is a resident of Sainte-Brigide-d’iberville, who adds that the rabbits are gregarious and like to live with conspecifics. “Chocolate has brought comfort and routine to our family. We take care of the rabbits every day by brushing, going out to pick dandelions for them and in their preparing of good fresh vegetables. This keeps us busy and allows us to think of their well-being instead of distressing with the COVID-19… “
So those are the animals lucky and they are not the only ones, because the requests have increased since the beginning of the pandemic. This being said, the veterinarian in me much hope that once the COVID-19 behind us, there will be no increase in the dropout rate…