If you are a parent of an adopted pet, you do understand that the benefits of adopting a pet are immeasurable and infinite. However, if you are just thinking about getting yourself a pet but you are not sure why you should do it, here are some helpful information.
When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you are not only saving its life, you are also saving the life of the animal that will replace it in the shelter. Adopting a pet has its own benefits to you and to your family, these benefits include:
1) A pet can help improve your health and make you even happier.
Various studies worldwide have shown that owning a pet can help improve your overall health, happiness, and, as a result, elongate your life. Pets are known to help people suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, and many other alignments.
The affectionate nature of many pets, such as dogs and cats, can help build a close relationship between them and their owners, such relationships can help build companionship especially between the pet and an owner whose is maybe suffering from depression or anxiety and had lost hope that there is somebody out there who cares about them. A pet can help build such a relationship and even make the owner feel cared for and loved.
Stroking your pet is also known to reduce stress levels and blood pressure, while playing around with them can increase the level of serotonin and dopamine that your body produces, making you feel calm and relaxed in the long run. Taking your pet for a walk is also a great way to get some exercise plus it’s also provides someone suffering from depression or anxiety with a good reason to leave the comfort of their house and go out to the world by creating opportunities of socializing with other dog walkers.
2) You are saving a life.
Adopting a pet from a shelter, you are giving that animal a second chance which they really deserve, since most of them have been rescued from horrific situations such as abandonment, neglect, and cruelty.
3) Unconditional Love.
The funniest thing that happens when adopting a pet is that you don’t become a pet owner, but instead you become a pet parent. All pet parents out there knows exactly what I am talking about. A pet is a great companion that will never judge you, and despite what happens they will always be there by your side.
They will make you feel great through unconditional love, which will definitely raise your self-esteem. Animals do know when they have been rescued, and for that your bond between you and your pet will be unbreakable.
4) You will save money
When adopting a pet from a shelter, you will notice that the shelter have already vaccinated, microchipped, and sprayed the animal. This will save you a lot of money that you would have spent on these procedures that you would have had to undertake to ensure that the pet is healthy before taking it home. Plus, the prices of a pet from a shelter are always very low as compared to those charged by breeders.
5) You will get a better pet match when you adopt.
A baby pet can be all cute and everyone loves the cuddly little balls of fur. However, the young pet you purchase from a breeder now can become your worst nightmare if it turns out to be completely different from your expectations of that specific breed.
That’s why most people end up giving away their pet which they got from an irresponsible puppy mill or breeder. That’s why it’s always a good choice to adopt from a shelter or a rescue center where the animal has been assessed whether its mood or activities are stable and ready for a home environment.
6) Older animals have proven to be the best companions.
Despite many people wanting to adopt puppies and kittens, older pets are more advantageous. For example, if they had gone through some form of training in their previous home, they are less likely to destroy your furniture as compared to a younger pet with no training at all and hence will require less supervision.
Older pets are also known to be calmer and happier to be in your company rather than constantly demanding close attention, which is mainly common among younger pets. Older pets also have more developed personalities than kittens and puppies, which you have to train every step of the way.
7) Animals at the shelter are house trained.
Most of the animals at a shelter are usually have undergone some form of house training with their previous owner, particularly if it’s an older animal. This will automatically save a lot of time and effort that you would have used training them.