Did you adopt a rescue to cope during the pandemic? Nonprofit wants to hear your story

Did you adopt a rescue to cope during the pandemic? Nonprofit wants to hear your story
Posted at 4:39 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 10:41:48-04

Diane Foxen is a NICU nurse in Silicon Valley, and lately, she has been feeling the added stress of taking care of premature and sick babies during COVID-19 challenges.

When Foxen gets home, it’s more of the same. She’s a foster mom for the Humane Society Silicon Valley. When the pandemic hit, the humane society thought for sure she wouldn’t have time to foster.

“I didn’t have any at the time, and I was like, ‘Where are my kittens? I need kittens. It’s kitten season. I need something to destress,” Foxen said.

Foxen ended up taking on five kittens. She says caring for the sick kittens helps her destress.

Mutual Rescue, a nonprofit that supports animal rescue groups and shelters across the country, is looking for more stories like Foxen’s.

The rescue group has been telling short stories of how shelter animals have helped people facing obesity, suicide, addiction and PTSD.

“In 2010, my doctor told me to buy a funeral plot because I would need one in the next five years, but I’m still here, because a shelter dog saved my life,” said Eric O'Grey, who is featured in one of the nonprofit's films.

Now, the group's founder, Carol Novello, wants to share stories of how rescue animals have been helping people during the pandemic.

“As the folks that are on the true front lines taking care of patients watching them die, coding them, they're going to need someone or something to talk to when they're finished,” Foxen said.

Mutual Rescue wants people to submit short videos of how their pets have helped them during the coronavirus pandemic. You can email them to .

Submitters could be contacted about being part of a new docuseries the group is working on. The nonprofit is accepting videos until Monday.

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Reopening Ohio
Gov. Mike DeWine and the State of Ohio have established a plan to begin reopening Ohio businesses starting May 1. Below is a timeline of the businesses allowed to reopen.

May 1: Medical care – non-essential surgeries and procedures that do not require an overnight stay will be allowed beginning May 1.
May 4: Manufacturing, distribution and construction businesses that were ordered to cease activities may reopen on May 4, as well as general office environments.
May 12: Retail establishments and facilities will be allowed to reopen on May 12.
May 15: Salons, barbershops, day spas, tanning facilities, massage parlors, tattoo parlors and piercing businesses. Restaurants will be allowed to serve patrons on outdoor patios. More details here.
May 21: Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen for dine-in service. Read more here. Campgrounds will be allowed to reopen. Read more here.
May 22: Horse racing will be allowed to resume, with no spectators. Casinos and Racinos are not included in the reopening. Read more here.
May 26: Gyms, fitness centers, regulated pools, recreation centers and studios will be allowed to reopen, with new requirements. Non-contact and limited-contact sports leagues, such as golf, baseball and tennis will be allowed to resume. BMVs across Ohio will reopen, but government officials encourage citizens to utilize the BMVs online services when possible. Read more here.
May 31: Day care centers will be able to reopen in Ohio. Read more about the plan to reopen day cares here. Day camps and summer camps will also be allowed to operate. Details on that here.

While these announced reopenings encompass the majority of the businesses, agencies and events closed and canceled by the state's orders, the governor has not yet made an annoucements on when K-12 schools in the state will reopen, nor when places of public amusement, such as theme parks, gambling businesses, skating rinks, movie theaters, and others will be allowed to reopen. See a full list of indoor and outdoor places that remain closed here.

Click here for more details on the state's "Responsible RestartOhio" plan.