Local Pet Resort Offers Community "Pet Therapy" During Shelter In Place

Country Road Pet Resort offers residents dog therapy-style retreat in effort to combat mental health issues stemming from COVID-19 isolation, as high adoption rates leave shelters empty.
By: Country Roads Pet Resort
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - April 28, 2020 - PRLog -- COVID-19 has led to increased adoption rates and nearly empty shelters across the country, as those forced to socially distance have elected to do so with a pet companion. In response to many residents not having a way to interact with these animals, Country Road Pet Resort is offering its 5 acres of open safe areas for play for those interested in 'dog therapy relaxation' to combat mental health issues like loneliness, depression, and anxiety.

A recent article referenced a Pethealth database that covers about 1,400 shelters and organizations around the country and outlined that pet adoptions are up 102% from the prior week and 100% from last year. Additionally, the article mentioned that "fosters are up 193% from the prior week and 197% compared to this time last year," as noted in USA Today (https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/03/27/animal-adoptions-shelters-get-creative-pair-parents-pets-amid-coronavirus/2907199001/)

Local news outlet WOWK 13 (https://www.wowktv.com/news/pet-adoptions-strongly-encour...) reported on similar statistics from the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, noting that the shelter had 117 dogs back on March 19th, but as of late April, only 32 are listed on their online adoption list as most of the animals have found forever homes.

While many dogs are sharing their comfort skills online during the COVID-19 crisis to support adults and children virtually, the resort is taking an alternative route by welcoming families that desire a dog park experience as a form of alternative pet therapy. Simply playing with dogs has been shown to elevate oxytocin and dopamine and creates positive feelings and bonding, according to a number of recent studies.

"In this crisis, it's critical that we support each other. We want our neighbors to know they are not alone in this. Social distance is possible while enjoying positive and inspiring activities with pets," says Country Resort co-owner Monica Cantu. The small business owners hope that their effort will be recognized by other pet care facilities worldwide and will help spur similar supportive actions in other communities.

Registration for Country Roads is required and can be done so on their website www.countryroadspetresort.com. Calls are welcome should anyone need assistance. Those without dogs are encouraged to reach out directly for volunteer opportunities.


Country Roads Pet Resort exists to be a resource within their community. The business serves as a hub for healthy pet care and contributes to local humane societies by raising money for animals in need, rescuing pets, donating training, and helping with the re-homing experience. Their slogan is "A Tired Pet Is A Good And Happy Pet."

Managing Director & Owner, Monica Cantu
Tags:Country Roads Pet Resort
Location:Charleston - West Virginia - United States
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