Pet Adoption Information
The decision to add a pet to your household is one that will yield benefits for not only the animal, but yourself and your family as well. You’re giving an animal a chance at a happy, safe and comfortable life, and you’re adding a loyal, loving companion to your household. Of course, there are many other benefits that come with adding a pet to your family. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Studies show that when a baby is raised around a dog, the child is less likely to grow up with allergies, asthma, and eczema. Additionally, dogs in particular are good pets to have for a person’s heart health. The fact that dogs need exercise will prompt the owner to go for walks, take a hike, or go jogging with the animal.
You Save a Life
It’s just that simple. By choosing to adopt a pet, you are guaranteeing that he will be spared from euthanasia. Many animal shelters are no kill shelters, but even more are not. The Humane Society estimates that 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized every year, but that number decreases every time an animal is chosen for adoption.
Allow Room for Another Animal
When you adopt an animal, you’re freeing up a space at the shelter for the staff to be able to help another animal. That way you’re not only giving your new companion the chance at a new life, but you’re paying it forward. The animal that takes the place of the one you adopted now has a chance for a good life, too.
The Animal’s Health
One of the reasons that shelters have to charge for adopting a pet is because of the health needs of the animal that need to be addressed before they can release him for adoption. This can include wellness checks, vaccination and deworming, spaying and neutering, and addressing any issues found during the checkups. What this means for the animal is that he will be in much better shape physically because you chose to adopt him. What it means for you is that you’ll be taking home a healthy new pet.
Take Your Pick
Shelter animals make the best pets because they are grateful, loyal and loving animals. Adopting from a shelter gives you an additional benefit as well. When you adopt from a shelter that houses different animal species and breeds, you have a wide variety from which to choose. Are you looking for a dog or a cat? Shelters have pure breeds, mixed breeds, long haired, short haired, small, medium and large breeds all under the same roof. Many shelters also have turtles, hamsters, rabbits, and some even have chickens, roosters, and other farm animals!
As you can see, there are numerous benefits to adopting an animal. As always, though, think the decision all the way through first. After all, adopting a pet is a decision that could impact your life for 15 years or more. If the choice is right for you, from saving a life to improving yours, adopting a pet can be a win-win decision.