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The power of pets


Fenway holds a burrito toy while reading this week's Gazette. (THG/Kristin Guglietti. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940)

One of the significant changes people made to their lives during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was the purchase or adoption of pets of all kinds.


What a difference those pets have made in the lives of the people who brought them home!

Study after study had already shown that pets made a positive impact with people. When the pandemic hit, and restrictions came, people were longing for a connection. Having a pet helped fill the void.


The front page of the Our Town section in this week’s Gazette features a story on this subject by Gazette Staff Writer Joseph F. Berenato. In it, several people talk about the way having pets has brought comfort and pleasure into their lives.


Here at The Gazette, our mascot “Fenway” has spent the last few years bringing joy into the lives of our staff as well as readers of the newspaper, our website and our social media outlets. We certainly know the benefits of having a pet around the office and the house.


Pets—including dogs—provide a great source of unconditional love. We can all use more love, joy and comfort during these difficult days. If you are thinking about getting a pet, stop thinking and go get one.


After all, as it has been said: pets are the best people.

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