Feeling Isolated? Video Chat with a Puppy!
The program aims to brighten spirits amid the isolation and loneliness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Video chats with puppies are just the beginning!
“We designed Pets Together to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances by tapping into the power of pets to spread joy and bring people together.”Stacey Coleman, AAF executive director, via T&L
Animal Farm Foundation is a New York based non-profit organization committed to helping people connect with animals. The Pets Together program does this with video conferencing software like Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts. You can book a virtual pet visit or donate at petstogether.org.
The virtual visit program is currently only open to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and certain other group settings. The program is also accepting requests for live pet visits to medical professionals and others on the front lines of the pandemic.
Solving Social Isolation
Social isolation and loneliness can have a serious negative influence on your health. The negative effects are even greater on the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. Virtual visits from dogs, cats, cows, and horses can be uplifting and even therapeutic.
The Pets Together program is helping many people get social interactions that are hard to come by during the pandemic. A valuable mental health service provided free of cost is exactly the support people need right now. So, next time you are feeling lonely just remember there’s a puppy out there waiting to video chat with you!
For more information on the program, visit PetsTogether.org.