9 Reasons You Should Definitely Adopt a Pet

...in case you needed any more convincing.

Aug 25, 2015
Cute dog

National Dog Day is August 26 this year (Shutterstock)

August 26th is National Dog Day and a great excuse for making a trip to your local pet adoption center, humane society, or shelter to bring home a furry friend. If the idea of slobbery kisses, a lifelong companion, or a personal cuddle buddy doesn’t win you over, here are a few more reasons why adopting a pet is the best decision you’ll ever make.

1. PETS HAVE THEIR PERKS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH

Studies have shown that simply petting a dog can decrease your heart rate and blood pressure, which lowers overall stress. Not to mention, kids who grow up in a household with a pet are less at risk of developing asthma and allergies.

Dog being pet

Simply petting a dog has its health benefits (Shutterstock)

2. A PET WILL LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY

Let’s be honest. Your pet isn’t going to love you any less if you’re having a bad hair day or even if you spent your weekend on the couch watching Storage Wars with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s. Not to worry, your cat, dog, bird, lizard or hamster will still love you, no matter what.

Girl kissing a cat

It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like - your pet will always love you (Shutterstock)

3. ADOPTING A PET IS EASY ON YOUR WALLET

Most pets from shelters and rescues are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and even trained! These expenses are covered by a relatively low adoption fee - significantly less than the price you’d pay at the vet clinic or if you buy a pet from a breeder.

Dog sitting obediently

Many pets from shelters have already been trained (Shutterstock)

4. ADOPTING A PET MEANS SAVING A LIFE

Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized. This is usually because of too many pets being brought to shelters and not enough people to adopt them. By adopting a pet, you’re freeing up space in shelters and potentially saving a life.

Dog in cage

Adopting a pet means more space in shelters (Shutterstock)

5. PETS KEEP YOU ACTIVE

National Institute of Health study found that dogs play an important role in the physical activity of their owners. Dog owners completed significantly more minutes and sessions of walking, compared to people without dogs. If walking or running isn’t your thing, you can consider bringing your dog along on a bike ride, while rollerblading, or even for a swim.

People walking with dog

Dog owners have been shown to walk more than people without dogs (Shutterstock)

 6. PETS BRING JOY AND FULFILLMENT

Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, as well as a feeling of pride for helping an animal in need. Science has also spoken on this matter: like any other enjoyable activity, playing with your pet releases the feel-good hormones, serotonin and dopamine.

Woman sitting with dog watching sunset

It's scientificallly proven that having a pet makes you happier (Shutterstock)

7. BY ADOPTING A PET, YOU’RE GIVING AN ANIMAL A SECOND CHANCE

Many pets in shelters or rescues have been abused or neglected by their previous owners. Everyone deserves a second chance, and that goes for animals too. By taking in a pet into your home, you’re giving that animal another go at the life they deserve to have.

Dog with prosthetic legs

All animals deserve a chance at a happy life (Image by Flickr user brofax)

 8. PETS BOOST YOUR SOCIAL LIFE

We’ve all been that person that stops someone on the street to ogle at their dog. This phenomenon is actually backed by research that shows that having a pet decreases social isolation and leads to more conversation and social connections.

Man and woman with dog

Pets bring people together and start conversations (Shutterstock)

9. BECAUSE HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY RESIST THIS FACE?

Pug wrapped in blanket

But really, how? (Shutterstock)

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