Does your officemate now have four paws, a sniffy nose and a waggy tail? Instead of chatting by the coffee machine at work, are you playing tug, giving belly rubs, and going on walkies between Zoom calls? If so, the Humane Rescue Alliance could use your help.

The pandemic has caused major changes to people’s lives across the globe. We do not know for sure how this stressful time might be impacting the welfare of pet dogs or what carryover effects it might have when dogs suddenly find themselves home alone down the road, but the Humane Rescue Alliance has embarked (pardon the pun) on a study to find out. While we obviously hope we will not experience anything similar again, this does give us a unique opportunity to examine the effects of major changes to routine on our canine companions.

The survey, created by my colleagues and me, from the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C.,…

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