There are many benefits to adopting a pet, some of which may not be obvious. These are just a few reasons why you should adopt a pet.
1. You’re saving a life
Adopting an animal from a shelter is a way to give them the chance they need. Many animals were rescued from horrible circumstances, such as neglect or cruelty. Or, their owners became ill or no longer could care for them. Shelter staff works tirelessly to help animals get well, to rehab animals, and to make sure they are ready to move on to a new home. Unfortunately, not all animals are so fortunate. Many animals are left behind by shelters that lack space. You can help stop overpopulation by rehoming an animal you have lost.
2. You’ll save money
Shelters will often microchip, spay/neuter, and vaccinate any animals they take in. You save a lot of money by not having to pay for these procedures. It also ensures that the pet you adopt is healthy. The adoption fees for a shelter pet are usually lower than those charged by breeders.
3. Helping to eradicate puppy farms and pet shops
Puppy farms, also known as mills, are illegal breeding of puppies solely for profit. Puppy farms often force dogs to breed multiple times to their disadvantage and keep them in horrible conditions that don’t provide basic needs.
These people don’t care about producing healthy dogs. Dogs can develop severe health problems over time. Dogs in these places don’t get any veterinary care and are often destroyed when they stop reproducing. Dogs found in pet shops often come from puppy farms. Adopting a shelter will help stop dogs from being abused. You’ll be supporting animal welfare by rehoming your pet from a reputable place.
4. Can improve your health and make you happier
Numerous studies have shown that having a pet can prolong your life and improve your happiness and overall health. People with anxiety, depression, stress, and other conditions can benefit from having a pet. People with depression may find it difficult to cope due to the affectionate and loyal nature that dogs have as pack pets.
You can lower your stress and blood pressure by stroking your pet. Playing with your pet can also increase your body’s production of dopamine and serotonin, which can make you feel more relaxed and calm. Pet owners with anxiety or depression will find a reason to walk their pets. You can also meet other dog walkers. You can help the animal you helped by rehoming.
5. Can benefit children
Pet ownership can teach children valuable life skills, including the importance of ensuring that they take care of their pets. Empathy can also be encouraged by rehoming a pet. Children will think about the ways they helped an animal find a loving home. Children can benefit from pets as they help them to cope with separation anxiety. They also have security knowing that their pet will always be there for them. They can also be a companion and playmate.
6. Many of the animals are housetrained
Animals at shelters have often been housetrained in their previous home, particularly if they are older. This saves you a lot of time and extra effort when training your new pet where to go to the toilet.