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Coronavirus isolation: Reaching out to the homeless and their pets

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In this terrible unforeseen situation, we worry most about our loved ones, pets included. But others, like those living on the streets, are at much greater risk.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 22/03/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31


While we are all now staying home to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, some are forced to live in much harsher conditions.

Italy's Testimony

As we know, Italy was the European country which was touched the most by the outbreak. Many suggested that France, Spain, and even the UK are unfortunately following the same pattern as they are.

And as Italians knew confinement before we did, they also saw the hardships brought onto those less fortunate before we did. No-one is out in the streets anymore, feeding them, or donating money. No-one is there to check on their health. Even those who go out for a short period of time are just too afraid to get close. They need us more than ever.

Italian TV Presenter Alba Perietti tried to bring awareness to the difficulties homeless people and their pets face during this strange time by going out into the streets and feeding them when she could.

“We brought pasta and sandwiches to a man,” Parietti told Live Life, “and the first thing he did was feed his dog his sandwich.”

A new way of life

We are all adapting to this new norm. But let us not forget that this is a time for solidarity. We must help others when we can. Especially animals, who are completely helpless.

Remember, there is no evidence showing that they can contract or transmit the virus to humans. So let's do what we can to help them!

Follow these basic guidelines if you are in quarantine with your pet:

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