The holidays are over, which may leave some of us in a bit of a slump as we return to work and day to day activities, but here’s an idea to beat the post-holiday blues: adopt a new furry friend. Of course this should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision (pets are a lot of work and need lots of love), but if it’s something you’ve been considering for a while and you’re ready to make a 10 to 20 year commitment, now is the perfect time for a couple of reasons:
1. Shelters are often at their max capacity around this time – it’s the heartbreaking truth; between owners who surrendered their pets so they could take long vacations and pets that were given as gifts (please don’t ever do this), there’s an influx of pets given up or returned to shelters around this time of year. By adopting now, you’ll have more options and you’ll save a life.
2. You’ll be more realistic – now that you’re back to your normal routine, you can more accurately gauge your ability to make the financial and emotional commitment a pet requires. Are you able to make the time to walk a dog every single day? Are you home enough to give that kitten the attention it deserves? Once you reassess your daily routine, you can make a more informed decision about your ability to properly care for a pet.
3. It saves a life – by adopting, you give an animal a second chance. It’s one of the most rewarding things you can do! You get to watch them thrive in their new home and give them much-needed love. Pets that are rescued from shelters often go through amazing transformations and flourish once they’ve found their forever family.
4. It might keep you healthier – Harvard scientists say the emotional attachment you develop with your pet causes biological brain effects that reduce the stress response – much like massage does – and can end up lowering your blood pressure, oxygen consumption, and anxiety level.
If you’re ready to adopt a furry friend, don’t forget to do your research and make sure you’re 100% prepared! As a proud pet parent myself, I can tell you that it will be one of the best decisions of your life. ❤️
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