Tell us: how has your pet helped you through lockdown?

Our pets have always been a source of comfort : as companions, reasons to go out and exercise, a friendly face to come home to. But in the pandemic, pets have come to mean more to us than ever.

We would like to hear from you if you have found your pet or pets to be an emotional support during the lockdowns.

Do you live alone and your pet has been your only source of hugs or affection? Has a pet been a comfort to you in a time of loneliness or grief? Has your pet been there when people who usually provide care for you have been unable to come into your home?

You can get in touch by filling in the form below, anonymously if you wish. ,Your responses are secure as the form is encrypted and only the Guardian has access to your contributions.

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INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. Children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall.