When my best friend and I signed a lease together in February, we always planned on eventually adopting a cat. We figured we’d move in, spend the spring getting settled and summer exploring the neighborhood, and then look for a furry new family member to join us in the late summer or fall.
Then came early March, and while we’d been hearing the word “pandemic” on the news, we still didn’t think we had much to worry about here in the U.S. But as we eyed a late-April move-in date and anxiously watched the coronavirus begin to dominate the news, we started to realize we’d need to change our plans. We bumped our moving date up two weeks, then two more. Finally, we decided we’d better just rent a car and get it done one day after work. As we carried in the final boxes, Chicago announced a shelter-in-place order that would go into effect in 48 hours.Continue reading Everyone’s Best Friend: 3 Perspectives On Why Pets are Exactly What We Need to Make it Through 2020