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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-23-2020

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13 THE VALLEY APRIL 22-28, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION not being able to go out with friends and family after work, or not being able to go to work at all is stressful, and isolation is hard," Samantha Nieva, volunteer coordinator for the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told The Valley Breeze. "Fostering a pet can help to ease that." Karen Kalunian, team member at the East Greenwich Animal Protection League, agreed, saying that "animals can be such a great comfort … especially during such an uncertain time like we are all going through right now." Being stuck at home also means plenty of time to train and help animals adjust to their new surroundings, says Rebecca Baylies, executive director of the Providence Animal Rescue League. "For people who have been thinking about adopting a pet for quite some time, this stay- at-home mandate may be a great time to bring on a new furry family member," she said. "They'll have enough time to acclimate the animal to family routines and get in some high-quality bonding time." There are plenty of benefits of fostering a pet, Nieva said, including providing a sense of purpose and companionship; it can also be a great teaching opportunity and experience for children. For the animals, being in a foster home is less stressful than living in a ken- nel, and allows for time to work on any behavioral issues or recuperate from any medi- cal issues. As of last week, 65 percent of animals in care at PARL were in foster homes, and the group's foster needs will con- tinue in the coming weeks, Baylies said. "Animal fostering is an important part of animal sheltering all year round, even in the absence of a pan- demic." Anyone interested in foster- ing can email clinic@parl.org for more information. During the COVID-19 outbreak, PARL is continu- ing to hold adoptions only on Fridays and Saturdays and by pre-scheduled appoint- ments. Baylies reports seeing a greater increase in adoption interest and said staff is doing their best to keep up with the demand while maintaining social distancing protocols. PARL isn't the only rescue that's seeing an uptick in the number of people fostering and adopting animals right now. "Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have received an unbeliev- able outpouring of support from the community," Nieva said. The RISPCA placed more than 30 animals in for- ever homes the week leading up to the stay-at-home order and currently has 44 animals in foster homes. While they don't currently have animals in need of fos- tering, they are always look- ing and accepting applications for new foster families, she said. The group is still taking in emergency owner surren- ders and animals from cruelty cases and will need to find foster placement for those new arrivals. To fill out an application, visit https://risp- ca.com/support/foster-care/ . Curious about what being a foster parent entails? Check out the RISPCA's Facebook Live kitten cam Monday through Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at www.facebook.com/ RISPCA . Specifically for people look- ing to foster, Kalunian said they have to be "willing to open their hearts and homes to these special animals and … be able to let go once an adopter comes along. It's the most difficult job but also the most rewarding job." While the EGAPL had an overwhelming response from the community and all of their animals are currently in foster homes, the animals in foster care are available for adoption, she said. View them at www.heartofri.org and email egaplevents@gmail.com if interested in adopting. People can also check with their local animal shelters. A staff member at the Pawtucket Animal Shelter said that as of last week there were a few animals up for adoption. Once the stay-at-home orders are lifted, help will continue to be needed at these rescues. At the moment, PARL can only take in emergency sur- renders, Baylies said, but once normal activities resume, she anticipates an "immense surge in animals needing intake and care," including deferred sur- renders. With kitten season right around the corner, there will be hundreds of kittens in the area that need support and care. "The truth is that we'll need adopters, fosters, volunteers, supporters, and friends in the coming months, even more than in these times of restric- tion and social distancing," she said. For more information, visit www.parl.org . Nieva wants to remind people that even when life returns to normal, folks who work full time and have social lives can still foster animals. "You don't need to be home all the time to foster an ani- mal," she said. If people can't foster or adopt, there are other ways to assist. To help pet owners struggling financially, you can purchase food and supplies for PARL's Pet Food Pantry program at https://tinyurl. com/ybtl625j . During the month of April, the RISPCA has a #SpringForward Virtual Fundraising Campaign to sup- port their programs and ser- vices. To donate, visit https:// tinyurl.com/yb42am39 . PETS From Page 12j ACROSS 1. Revolutions per minute 4. Hymns 10. Brew 11. Did not acknowl- edge 12. Atomic #77 14. Partly digested food 15. Not one 16. Lesotho capital 18. Copyreading 22. Living organism that feeds on organic matter 23. One's biological father 24. An aggregate of molecules 26. Equally 27. Khoikhoi people 28. Jump in figure skating 30. Lantern 31. TV network 34. Georges __, French philoso- pher 36. Sharp, shrill bark 37. Albanian mone- tary units 39. Launched Apollo 40. One who grad- uated 41. Exist 42. Passed by 48. Very unpleasant smell 50. Graduates 51. Seedless raisin 52. Self-protection 53. Clue 54. Life-savers 55. Ingest too much 56. Misrepresented 58. Small Eurasian deer 59. Most mocking 60. Soviet Socialist Republic DOWN 1. Flower cluster 2. A form 3. Inner organ regions 4. 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