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The Many Benefits of Adopting Your Pet

Not only is being a pet parent good for your physical and mental health, if you adopt your next pet, you are making a difference in animal welfare and in the world. If you’ve been thinking about getting a new dog or cat, read on to learn more about the benefits of adoption. Studies have shown that pet owners overall are less likely to suffer from depression, have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, are more calm and relaxed after playing with a pet and also have a reduced risk for heart disease. Retired pet owners have been found to visit the doctor less frequently and live longer as well. Believe it or not, you get these benefits from pocket pets and aquariums as well. Any pet will fulfill the basic human needs of companionship and touch. Additionally, adopting certain pets will help you make positive lifestyle changes. Exercising a dog, riding a horse and chasing around kittens will all give you a reason to get in some exercise yourself. Taking your dog out and socializing him or her at dog parks will give you the opportunity to meet new people and make new connections. Having pets also adds routine to your day; pets need a regular schedule for feeding, exercise and other care. Now that we know pets improve your health and lifestyle, let’s talk about how adopting a pet changes the world and helps you financially. The most important benefit of all is that you’re saving two lives. The first is the life of the pet you adopted that would otherwise have possibly been euthanized or in foster care for the rest of its life. The second life is that of the next dog that can be rescued because now you’ve opened a spot for an organization to spend their resources on another. When you adopt a pet, you’re getting a healthy pet. Most all rescues and organizations ensure that their pets are all up-to-date on vaccinations, spayed or neutered and receive a wellness check from a veterinarian. Some adoptable pets may have special needs, but you’ll know this in advance because each pet gets evaluated. Don’t let yourself believe the myth that all rescued dogs were abused, mistreated and have behavior problems. Many of these pets are surrendered because the owner died, the owner moved or the pet was lost and the owner didn’t claim it....

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