Decision To Adopt Pets
Even if you are not the biggest fan of New Year resolutions, making this one will most certainly change your life for the better – the decision to adopt pets.
It really doesn’t matter if you choose to adopt a cat, or a dog, what really matters is saving them from shelters, because saving a single life, is worth more than anything else in the world.
Why Adopting Pets Worth So Much
You Will Save A Life
Each year millions of dogs and cats are being euthanized because shelters do not have enough space for them. As too many pets come into shelters on a daily basis, only a handful of people consider adopting pets in general.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people decide to adopt pets instead of buying them.
When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family, and in meantime you open up more shelter space for another animal who might desperately need a sanctuary.
You Will Get A Loving Animal
Animals are the purest souls on planet Earth.
If you haven’t had a pet yet, you wouldn’t know why we are saying this, but if you decide to adopt one, soon you’ll understand what are we talking about here.
Just give it a try.
Less Starting Costs
Usually when adopting pets, it will cost you less because they were already spayed/neutered, got first vaccinations, and sometimes even micro-chipping.
All of these may be already included in the adoption price, which can literally save you some of the initial costs of adding a new member to your family.
Depending on the animal, you may also save on training expenses as well.
You Will Fight Against Puppy Mills
If you decide to buy a dog from a pet store, online or flea market, you’re most certainly getting a dog from a puppy mill.
Puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs.
Animals coming from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result.
Usually, the moms of these puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over again for years, without any human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family.
Unfortunately, after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are either killed or abandoned.
How awful is that?
This is one more reason why adopting pets is life saver for other animals.
You Will Get Healthier Life
You may wonder how?
It has been shown that having a pet, boost humans psychologically, emotionally and physically in so many ways.
You’ll have a better shape
Dogs need exercise somewhere between 30 minutes and 2 h per day, depending on their size and age. A simple walk isn’t just good for them, but it is good for the dog owners too.
It is good to have this kind a workout buddy, don’t you think so?
You’ll meet new friends
Dog ownership can silently introduce you to a new social circle.
Even when taking a short walk around the neighborhood, you’ll find other dog owners smiling and willing to start a discussion about dog breeds, behavior and other dog topics.
Your dog-owning neighbors will give you better directions when it comes to finding the best local vet, or the best places for grooming.
Before you know it, you’ll have a great new company on your afternoon dog walks.
You’ll develop more empathy and sense of responsibility
Loving and caring for a pet makes you more conscious about the needs of another living being. You are now taking care of the animal same as for a human being.
Owning a dog or a cat boosts empathy and especially in children.
Since dogs can’t talk, dog owners are forced to read the nonverbal cues of their pets in order to understand their needs and communicate with them.
This can be entirely beneficial for children as well, as they are developing their early empathetic skills and learning how to read nonverbal cues of pets and people too.
The act of caring for pets by feeding and walking them, is a great way to teach children a sense of responsibility.
Adopting pets alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression
Yes, they can do that to humans.
Having a dog positively affects the endocrine response and boosts production of happy hormones by reducing stress levels significantly.
What do pets offer?
- pets offer a soothing presence
- pets offer unconditional love and acceptance
- pets alter our behavior
- pets distract from problems
- pets promote touch
- pets make people responsible
- pets may boost your immune system
- pets promote your good cardio-vascular system
Things To Consider Before Adopting Pets
It takes a careful planning to bring the right pet into your home, and to make sure your lifestyle is the right one for your pet.
Note: When you adopt pets, you are making a 100 % commitment to take care for the animal for the rest of his life ( 10-15 years for dogs and approx. 20 years for cats).
As you’ll go through many lifestyle changes such as moving to other cities or countries, the birth of children or new job, your animal will still remain a permanent part of your life.
And if circumstances change, you have to ask yourself : will you be still able to care for your pet?
What should you expect when bringing a new furry friend into your home?
- Owning a dog or cat costs more than the initial adoption fee
- Food, veterinary care, spaying or neutering and proper identification such as micro-chipping can add up costs
- Time is also a big factor when adopting pets
- Dogs need several hours of exercise and companionship every day
And what about cats?
Cats love to be treated to energetic play sessions.
In case your work demands that you have to travel often, or you need to be out of the house most of the time, then, it may not be such a good idea and the right timing for you to adopt any pet whatsoever.
It is also important to consider whether your children along with your resident pets, are able to accommodate the addition of another cat or a dog to your household.
Prepare Your Home Before You Adopt Pets
Before bringing any pet into your life, you’ll need to make your home safer by discarding certain pet toxic foods, pet-unfriendly plants and dangerous household items.
Here are some suggestions for preparing your home to welcome your new pet:
- Put a cozy bed for your pet, if you want to keep them off your furniture
- If you have a cat, try putting double-sided sticky tape or upside-down carpet runners on furniture to discourage her from scratching
- Avoid vertical blinds, pooling drapery and long cords as they can become strangulation hazards
- Provide your new cat with a variety of scratching posts and perches
- Roll up and store decorative rugs until your new dog is fully house-trained and accommodated
- Use dog crates and gates to confine your new dog when home alone, until his house manners earn him unsupervised freedom
- Provide plenty of toys so your dog can chew and keep them off your personal belongings (shoes and slippers)
- Make sure you have discarded poisonous house plants if any
As you can see, your decision to adopt pets requires more than your willingness to help an animal.
However, if you decide you still want to do it, be sure you’ll get a tremendous sense of purpose and fulfillment in your life, and lessen feelings of loneliness if any.
And one more thing – when you adopt pets, you can also feel proud of yourself that you’ve done the right thing by helping an animal in need.
This post is dedicated to our amazing and loving neighbors Kristen and her husband, who decided to offer help and adopt an abandoned dog they named Sweet Pea.
Thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts.
God bless you!
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