Adopt or Foster A Pet
With almost the whole world in isolation right now, adopting pets seems like the new normal. The phones in animal shelters are ringing off the hook, and the adoption rates are shooting through the roof, with hundreds of people wanting to have a furry friend in their homes. If you have always wanted to adopt a pet, then now is probably the perfect time to do that, as they can help you a lot mentally, in this crisis.
Countless studies and research has proved time and again, how having pets can change your life for the better and fill it with oodles of positivity, happiness, and unconditional love. They are pure-hearted beings who will love, love, and then love you some more!
Here Are 7 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Adopt A Pet
1. You are doing a good deed.
If you are looking to adopt a pet, then it’s best if you adopt one from an animal shelter. Animals that live in shelters need you and a forever home more than what some breeders make you believe. And almost everyone knows these days, how breeders work and what conditions their animals live in. So, it’s only fair enough that you get one from one of the countless shelters.
When you adopt from a shelter, you are genuinely saving a life, because most of the animals in there have a history of being neglected, abused, have been cruel to, and abandonment. Many shelters, unfortunately, tend to put some of them to sleep, due to a shortage of space, so many beautiful animals lose their lives.
So, when you are adopting a pet from a shelter, you are giving them a new lease of life. You are not just changing your own life, you are also changing theirs.
2. Pets can bring happiness in your life.
Many studies have shown that having a pet in your home can add years to your life, fill your life with abundant happiness, and contribute towards having better health. Especially people who suffer from anxiety, depression, autism, panic attacks, etc., pets tend to make them feel better. No wonder, so many people suffering from these things have emotional support animals these days!
Cuddling with your pet and stroking them can lower your stress levels and blood pressure. Playing with them can cause a spike in your dopamine and a serotonin level, which makes you feel happier, relaxed, and calmer. Additionally, walking them every day helps you get some exercise too.
Another bonus point? When you are walking your dog, you also get to socialize with other people doing the same!
3. You can give more time to them now.
Since you are in isolation right now, due to the ongoing pandemic, now is the perfect time to adopt a furry friend. You have plenty of time on your hands to devote to them. You can play, cuddle, and bond with your pet to no end. If your pet needs to be housetrained or trained in any other way, you will have ample time to do that. This is one of the best times for you to develop a bond with your furry baby!
Honestly, no matter how much time you spend with your pet, is there a point when you don’t like it? Obviously the answer is no! You will realize that there is more to life than office work, presentations, washing dishes, and sleeping. Spending some quality time with your pet will help you understand and enjoy the simpler pleasures of life.
4. Pets will stop you from feeling alone and scared.
During these scary times, when the whole world is petrified about everything that is going on, it is very natural to feel scared and unsure about your future. Even though this is not going to go away anytime soon, having a pet in your life will help you feel less scared and alone. Pets have this uncanny ability to make humans feel loved, protected, and safe. They will shower unconditional love on you and you will feel nothing less than having your family with you.
Pets never judge or ask for anything from you, except for your love. They can help you fight feelings of loneliness and isolation by simply just being there. Animals never cease to show the love and affection they feel for you, and that does not just make you feel happy, it also helps with your self-esteem.
If you have rescued your pet from a shelter, your bond will be way stronger, because animals have a way of knowing that they have been saved.
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5. They can help you with having a purpose.
With the whole world in a lockdown, everyone’s lives have totally changed. Life is way different than how it was two months back, and nobody knows whether it will be the same, ever again or not. Going from having everything planned out to the T, to not knowing what to do with all the free time you have, can be a tough and intimidating thing to deal with. But, having pets can somehow make this a bit easier to deal with.
When you have a pet, in a way they serve you with a purpose. They make you realize that you have someone who depends on you for their survival, and if you do not take care of them properly, you might lose them. You have to take them out for walks and that gives you an excuse to go outside. You might have to buy their food, and that gives you an excuse to visit the store and do some shopping.
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6. Pets can help children.
If you have children, then adopting a pet is one of the best things you can do. You can teach the importance of friendship and taking care of someone you love, to your children. Adopting a pet from a shelter will also help inculcate the virtue of compassion in children because it will make them think about how their parents have helped save a life by bringing it home.
Pets are also amazing at helping children deal with separation anxiety. If you have to run to the store for some quick grocery shopping, your pet can keep them company and protect them. And, pets also make for amazing playmates and companions for children.
7. They give company to older people.
In this ongoing pandemic, lots of old people are stuck in their homes and are not being able to visit their children and families. Because they are all alone, it can make them feel scared and lonely. That is why having an older animal as a pet is one of the best things for them. Older animals as pets will help give them company and will be perfectly happy just sitting with them quietly.
Unlike puppies and kittens, older animals don’t ask for constant attention and are not hyperactive. They are as calm as older people are, and are the perfect companions to have during this scary time.
Even though you can adopt a pet whenever you want, having a pet with you during this crisis can help you deal with this better. Many people tend to doubt the emotional abilities of animals, but they are some of the purest beings you will encounter in your lifetime. So, if you have been thinking of adopting a pet, then you should, by all means, go ahead. Your life will seriously get better, we promise!
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