During difficult times, pet adoptions offer some Northwood students comfort

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

by Gabby David

Meet Orion, the newest edition to senior Juliana Johnson's family.

With devastating news all over the world, 2020 has been quite a year for everyone, including animals. The rising number of pet adoptions and the accompanying bonding time are things that could not have been expected out of this year.

Since last March, multitudes of people have been adopting from animal shelters or applying to foster pets. In June, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reported that over 600 American animal shelters have reached out for resources on facilitating greater adoption numbers.

There are even people in our communities who have adopted pets over quarantine too.

Juliana Johnson (‘21) adopted a puppy, Orion, in July. Being in quarantine definitely affected her family’s decision to get a dog, because suddenly everyone was at home and had quite the time to spend with pets.

“Orion loves stealing things like socks and shoes and even people’s phones sometimes, but it’s fun getting to play with him,” says Johnson.

Bina and Popcorn, members of senior Montse Gonzalez's family. Bina, a rescue dog, was adopted in August.

Another student, Montse Gonzalez ('21), shared her experience with her dogs Bina and Popcorn during quarantine. While Popcorn was part of the Gonzalez family before the pandemic, Bina, a rescue dog they adopted in August, was the newest addition.

“We thought it would be a good idea to get a dog during quarantine because we knew that rescue dogs take longer to get used to people. We read that having pets really relieves stress during this time, and it would be a win/win kind of situation,” says Gonzalez.

Even though closure has been challenging for so many people, the bond animals like Bina, Popcorn, and Orion share with their owners is something to be celebrated.