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PET ADOPTIONS ARE ON THE RISE: SIMPLE TIPS FOR BOTH FIRST-TIME AND EXPERIENCED PET OWNERS LIFESTYLE EXPERT AND ‘CAT MOM’ SHARES WAYS TO KEEP OUR PETS HAPPY AND HEALTHY Cheryl Nelson, Lifestyle Expert and Cat Mom BACKGROUND: As many Americans looked for comfort and companionship during the lockdown, animal rescues across the country saw a spike in adoptions and foster applications. In fact, the ASPCA saw a nearly 70% increase in animals going to foster care and finding forever homes than in the previous year. Whether you’re a first-time pet owner or a veteran that has been spending more time at home with their furry companions, anytime is a good time to explore new ways to keep our pets happy, safe and comfortable. On March 29, Lifestyle Expert and ‘Cat Mom’ Cheryl Nelson will be available to share simple and convenient ways to look after your pets’ overall well-being and how to promote a healthy, safe and comfortable atmosphere for the animals in your life. She will also share her personal story of life hunkered down with her cats and how she is preparing herself and her precious kitties for their post-COVID routines at home. Some of Cheryl’s tips will include: Create a Special Space for the New Member of Your Family: Preparing your home for your new friend before they arrive is key! Map out the space in your house where will they eat, sleep, and do their business. Doing this ahead of time saves you stress and avoids later confusion for the animal. Pet Parent Essentials: Get everything you need to make you and your pet comfortable in your home. Items like scoop-free, self-cleaning litter boxes are a convenient solution for pet parents. They provide better odor control and will reduce dust in your home creating a safe and comfortable environment. This is a great way to begin a routine that will work for pet owners preparing for a post-COVID lifestyle. Preparing for Post-COVID Life: Once pet parents go back to work and are no longer ‘hunkered down’ at home, separation anxiety is likely to happen. Prepare your pets (and yourself!) by sticking to a daily routine and by setting up the essentials ahead of time. For cat owners, having a litter box with a health counter that tracks how many times your cat uses the box is a convenient way to detect early signs of health issues and keep your beloved cats in optimal health while you are away during the day. For more information, visit: www.petsafe.com MORE ABOUT CHERYL NELSON: Cheryl Nelson is the Founder & Owner of Prepare with Cher, LLC and works as a Lifestyle Expert, TV Host and Broadcast Meteorologist. She has nearly two decades of experience and has appeared on Fox and Friends, The Real, BBC World News, The Weather Channel, The AccuWeather Network, CNBC and more. Her successful satellite media tours are seen by millions of people nationwide each year. As a Certified Lifestyle Expert, Award-Winning TV Host and ‘Cat Mom,’ Cheryl specializes in home, family and pet preparedness. As a mom of four rescue cats, Cheryl goes above and beyond to make sure her fur-babies are happy and healthy. When she’s not at home with her cats, you might find Cheryl on a plane. An adventure-lover, Cheryl has flown with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and traveled to over 30 countries and all 50 U.S. States. Always on the go, Cheryl has preparedness tips for any occasion to help keep your life on track. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology with an emphasis in Communications from Penn State University, and holds a Lifestyle Expert Certificate from the IAP Career College. She has a passion for animals, nature, Penn State football, and spending quality time with her family, friends and cats. As a gluten-free vegan, Cheryl enjoys trying new ethnic restaurants with plant-based cuisine. Interview provided by PetSafe