The kicker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Josh Lambo, has a big heart for animals, and during the coronavirus crisis, he wants to encourage people to adopt dogs. Many are in a position to do so now that they are spending time at home. In order to help with the adoption, he is offering to buy a six month supply of dog food and pay half of the adoption fees for any dogs adopted from Jacksonville beach’s Fur Sisters Shelter.
Josh Lambo was very proud when he adopted his new puppy, Indy. He wants other people to have the same experience when they bring home a sidekick while they are social distancing.
The football kicker went on Instagram and announced a partnership with the Jacksonville Beach-based dog rescue.
“Anyone that adopts a dog from Fur Sisters in the next seven days, I will pay for half the adoption fee and I will pay for all of your dog food for the next six months,” Lambo said. “Let’s keep on giving these dogs the forever home that they need while we’re all staying home right now.”
Lambo was moved by the surge in pet adoptions while people are stuck at home due to the coronavirus.
“[I’ve] been reading lately how many dogs and cats have been getting adopted and rescued, which is so great,” he said. “I want to keep that trend going.”
Shelters across the United States are using the coronavirus crisis as a way to get people interested in pet adoptions. It works on numerous levels, because people are home more than usual to care for the dog and because shelters must be emptied because caretakers are not always able to come in.
The Humane Society in Jacksonville has waived adoption fees and is also promoting fostering to help clear out kennels.
“This is a unique opportunity to be at home with your new pet while they adjust to new surroundings,” Lindsey Layendecker, a spokeswoman with the Jacksonville Humane Society said. “Pets keep us in good spirits and help maintain normalcy and routine. Even if you cannot adopt, this is a great time to serve your community by providing a foster home to a pet in need.”
The Centers for Disease Control feels that there is no reason to be afraid that animals can contract or spread COVID-19. Staff members that take care of the dogs, however, are able to contract the virus which is why they are minimizing the need for employees to be on site.
A new terminology has also been born because shelters are calling dogs “furry assistants” and “social distancing sidekicks.”
In New York, there is even a shortage of animals because, as Bloomberg reports, shelters are either out or almost out of pets.
That’s something we can live with.
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