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National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is on April 30th. While all pets are wonderful for so many reasons – the unconditional love and oh, the cuddles! – approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year. If you’re thinking of adding a pet to your family, read on for five reasons you should visit your local shelter instead of the pet store.
Get an Amazing Companion, and Feel Better There aren’t many things better than unconditional love, and pets can provide that in spades. Having a pet can also have a multitude of health benefits; from the psychological to the emotional and physical, caring for an animal can give you a new sense of purpose.
Adoption Can Cost Less Standard procedures like vaccinations and spaying/neutering are often included in adoption fees, which can help you save on upfront costs associated with adding a pet to your family. With that said, accidents do happen and keeping your new family member healthy should not be a premium and something you second-guess. Petplan pet insurance provides customizable coverage, fast, no-hassle reimbursement and 24/7 customer care to help owners make the best decisions for their furry friends.
Know What You’re Getting While there are plenty of young animals in shelters, there are also lots of older animals. In the case of senior dogs, this is especially great – because that potentially means no housetraining! Adopting an animal gives you a little more control in the process and the opportunity to find a pet that truly fits your needs and personality. Additionally, since older animals have most likely been in homes at some point in their lives, they often have an easier time transitioning into a new home.
Expand Your Network Having a pet – especially a dog – forces you to get out of the house. Whether that means waking up earlier for daily walks or connecting with a neighbor who also has a pet, you’ll form new bonds and routines that can add a little spark to the everyday.
While there may be a stigma around shelter pets, the reality is animals are in shelters for a multitude of reasons. Simply put, when you adopt an animal you open up your home to someone who needs a little extra care and TLC, and what’s better than feeling good and going home with a cuddly new family member? Might we add, kids and grandkids will be thrilled to visit!
These articles present general information and are for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for legal, financial, medical, or other professional advice.