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Well, if you’re reading this column in Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Journal, you’re probably still processing your emotions from this outrageous election season. No matter the outcome, THANK GOODNESS IT’S OVER! You’re either feeling a lot of relief or a lot of anger, so I just want to take this chance to remind you that your pets are experiencing those same emotions with you.

This has been a very difficult and emotional year for everyone which has affected our pets in ways that you may be totally unaware of. In some ways they may have benefited by the mere fact that most of us spent more time at home than we ever normally do, thereby giving us more time to pay attention to them.

I can tell you that from March through July, the shelter took in a lot less animals as strays and releases because people had the time to pay attention to their pets. Adoptions across the country have been at unprecedented rates because people want the companionship and they had the time to acclimate a new pet to their home.

On the downside, dogs are very aware of our stress no matter whether it’s articulated or silent, they can smell our stress hormones surging. Arguing, talking with negative tones and aggressive physical motions like smacking the armchair or slamming things around can really terrify both dogs and cats.

I’m not sure how the election results will sit in your house or across the country, but I’m guessing with our COVID numbers rising and the cold and darkness of winter approaching, we’re probably a long way from the adversities of 2020 being over.

Pets can be a great source of solace when you’re feeling low; just keep in mind that they have feelings too. If things are getting rough in the house, take the dog for a walk, it’ll make both of you feel better.

Cats will normally look for a quiet hiding spot when they pick up on any negativity; give them some comfy bedding in a warm spot to escape to – a little cat nip goes a long way too!

Finally, if you’re in need of a buddy to get you through the tough times and bring you joy for years to come, check out our website and do a little online shopping.

Shelter needs: Purina Kitten Chow, canned dog and cat food, soft dog treats, hot dogs, cheese singles, canned tuna and chicken, paper towels, and gift cards for grocery and pet supply outlets.

To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit

Source: South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter: Owner’s emotions impact their pets

Posted in 2020, SJRAS Articles