PETS AND THE PANDEMIC
COVID-19 changed the way the world works. As people transitioned to being at home every day, animals increasingly became more ingrained in our lives. Animal fostering and adoption soared and longtime pet owners began seeing their companions in a new light. Pets provided people with hope, laughter, and, at times, a routine and a sense of purpose. Pets & the Pandemic explores the special bonds that formed between pets and the people around them during this historically challenging time. The portraits are designed to elevate the pet from the fun-loving companion to an esteemed presence that changed our lives. Each portrait is accompanied with a narrative from the pet-owner that describes the highs and lows of the pandemic and the role their pets played. Through the portraits and narratives, the project reflects on the last year and how people found different ways to cope and find resilience and joy in their pets.