Updated: Apr 1
The human-animal bond has developed throughout time and strengthened during the global pandemic. At Bay Ridge Center, we recognize that pet owners today see their animals as members of their own families. Not only do we recognize the significance of these furry friends, but we also acknowledge the importance of pet companionship for our members’ overall mental and physical well-being.
Having a routine. Tending to a pet provides a change in lifestyle and a structured schedule. Taking care of another living being is always deeply satisfying. It can also motivate one to stay both occupied and physically active, while also developing new daily interests and habits.
Reduce stress. Pet companionship can reduce stress by the simple notion of having their furry companion nearby. In other ways, pet responsibilities can reduce stress for individuals who feel secure with consistency and predictability in daily life activities and relationships.
Making friends. Pets have reduced isolation during the pandemic through the companionship that each provides. Although it can be hard to meet new people today, pets can still make a perfect conversation icebreaker – virtually! Connecting with others who are also pet lovers and relate to your experiences is a perfect way to make new connections.
We want to encourage pet companionship to our members at the Bay Ridge Center!
Our BRC Paw Pantry program is here to support the mental, emotional, and financial well-being of each pet lover. Through our sponsorship with Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities, we were able to make this program a reality during the current economic and public health crisis that has affected the 2,000+ members that we serve.
As I have worked with Michael Schumer and Todd Fliedner on this fantastic program, we have seen the difference that these furry friends have made during this time. Bay Ridge Center wants to continue to support each of you and our local economy – like My Nature Pet Store – through 2021!
Thanks to Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities, forty of our member/pet owners will be receiving a $100 gift certificate to My Natural Pet Store. This offer ended March 31, 2021. In late December 2020, we distributed 500 lbs of food to 65 pets belonging to 50 of our members. Keep watching our website for future Paws Pantry Initiative events.
Aura Blanco is a Bay Ridge Center intern and a student at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Join Aura for Good Morning, Bay Ridge! on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. through April 19, the end of her internship with BRC.