What is an animal lover to do with all that free time on their hands during the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic?
Some big-hearted Chicagoans have channelled their energy and time into fostering unwanted creatures since late last month.
Jose Perez of Belmont Gardens, in Chicago, the United States, has several rescue roosters.
Recently, he got a call from an organisation called the Roo Crew. They had seen a lone rooster wandering, abandoned, along North Rockwell Street in Logan Square.
So Perez picked him up. The rooster was named Zed.
Zed wasn’t healthy, and appeared like he hadn’t ever been outside, Perez said.
Although Perez is still getting paid as a delivery driver for Dynamic Manufacturing, the company gave workers time off after one worker, a good friend of his, died from Covid-19.
At home under self-quarantine, Perez has been able to spend more time with his birds.
Hilary Graham, a revenue manager for Marriott International, was furloughed for 60 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Park West resident decided to spend her time at home fostering a nine-week-old kitten named Crosby.
Graham said she will likely adopt Crosby once he can be neutered and vaccinated.
She found Crosby through the Anti-Cruelty Society.
Rebecca Brown of Rogers Park neighbourhood was just starting to look for a job as a teacher when schools were closed due to the coronavirus.
She and her husband Craig Depies, who works for UPS, decided to foster the three rats they found through the Friends of Petraits rescue.
The couple have a soft spot for rodents, and have had pet rats in the past.
Canine Therapy Corps operations manager Ann Davidson of Irving Park is the owner of two therapy dogs, Rocko and Ash.
The dogs usually visit with people in hospitals or other facilities but are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Restaurants, cafes and bars have been badly hit by the pandemic, and bartender Nikki Hicks of Lakeview lost her job due to the shutdown.
Since she is a volunteer with PAWS, she decided to help the animal shelter out by fostering 10-month-old Rip while she is out of work. She has had Rip for about a month.
Kelly Gilroy, a trade association executive, and her partner John Nicolay, a lawyer, usually travel a lot during this time of the year but are at home due to the lockdown.
They found their 11-year-old foster dog Sammy through the Friends of Petraits rescue about seven weeks ago, and she is already part of the family.
The couple from West Town, Chicago, said they will adopt Sammy in the near future. (Source: Tribune News Service)