After his pet parent had died in Florida, he and his sister were shipped up from that tropical climate to the polar vortex roaring through New England in late 2013. At age 5, he was neutered at the shelter. Someone else adopted his sister, so he was all alone.
It took time to get LOV to trust me. Then love me.
Until then, he wouldn't eat what was set before him. And frequently that included 6 different dishes. I was trying everything, including cooking, to get him to consume food. He was skin and bones.
He bit anyone who came close.
He defecated behind the couch.
Fortunately, I was and still am self-employed. So, I was on hand to provide the continual reassurance he required. When the 2 of us relocated to the Southwest in early 2014, he regressed. During the car trip, he even had a meltdown. But since I work from home, I was there for him.
New parents who have to go out to work aren't so lucky, though. Neither are their animal companions.
For that reason, there is a movement to provide new pet parents with what is called in the UK "paw-ternity" leave. Yes, the UK already provides that.
In the New York Post, Lindsey Putnam explains the extra attention her older cat needed when she adopted him from a shelter. That same story plays out with most rescues.
Some employees who are not parents of human children are angry about employees with children who get paid maternity leave. We pet parents do not have a beef with human parents. We just want to have a paid leave to bond with our new four-footer. How much time? Experts in the human-animal bond will have to determine that.
It may take court cases, filed by new pet parents, to make "paw-ternity" standard in the workplace. Sad to say, those are often necessary for progressive policies to be implemented.