It goes without saying, or maybe we should say it more often, that when looking to add a new furry friend to your home adopting a rescue pet should be at the top of your list. For many many reasons, rescue animals make the ideal pets, with the biggest reason being that you’re not only saving one life, you’re saving two. The pet that you adopt and the ability for the rescue to take another one to save. And if that doesn’t make you feel like a million bucks, nothing will. But most people may not realize that there are even more intrinsic benefits to adopting a shelter pet. Lets dive in, shall we?
The Best Wingman or Winggirl (is this a thing?)
Single and looking for non-furry love? Studies show that people who have a furry compatriot by their side are more likely to meet and make a lasting relationship with a significant other. Why? Because when you show devotion and compassion toward a furry friend, you’re also showing the world that you have a generous heart. Boom. Signed, sealed, delivered.
Circle of Friends
When you have a furry friend it may seem like, “meh, humans.” But you’ll be surprisingly pleased that when you have a pet your circle of friends grows larger and larger. Play dates, group walks, never-ending cat videos? Yep. And all shareable within a group of friends just as fanatical as you. Hooray! Ad bonus, those glow-in-the-dark tuxedo cat socks you like to wear will never draw the side-eye of your new friends!
Heart Attack Survival Mate
According to the American Journal of Cardiology, patients who had dogs and cats in their homes after surviving a cardiac arrest lived at least one year longer than those without furry friends. Why? Because having animals in your home lowers stress and blood pressure. Whether it’s a cat’s purr or a dogs cuddles, the impact our pets have on our lives goes further than merely the joy they bring us.
Less Stress More Play
As we mentioned, pets lower stress. A LOT. And those lower stress levels have far reaching outcomes. Lower cortisol levels, better memory, improved sleep and mood. Being less stressed improves our interpersonal relationships as well. So, we can connect better with our friends, family and co-workers! Need we say more?
Allergies Be Gone
For parents looking to bring a pet home, the benefits just keep on comin’. In numerous health studies, it’s been proven that growing up around animals alters your body on a microbial level. Meaning kids who grow up with pets are less likely to form allergies as they grow up. It’s like an added boost to our body’s immune response that goes on to last a lifetime.
Those dog walks in the rain? Those trips to the dog park? Chasing the cat with a mouse in it’s mouth through the house? Yep, all of those things help keep you and your brain active. They’re like little furry Peloton trainers ready to keep you on your toes at all times. Seriously, all times.
In the U.S. alone, 1.5 million animals are euthanized every year in overrun shelters and county facilities. Luckily, you can help fix that. When you adopt a dog or cat, you’re helping to create a system in check that has failed these animals hopelessly. One life saved can equal up to three. The one you adopt, the new animal the shelter can take and the third one that your adoption fee can help save, as well. It’s instant karma.
The Chill of the Senior Pet
When you adopt a senior animal, you’re not just saving one that has a better chance of being euthanized, you’re also getting the tried and true companion. They’re usually potty trained. They haven’t ruined a pair of shoes in years. And they are generally cool customers that just want to cuddle up and watch Netflix with you. (Did someone say snacks?!) They are the perfect addition to any home situation because, like Grandpa Joe, they’ve seen it all and done it all and now they’re ready to enjoy the good life.
Any way you look at it, adopting a pet has benefits to you, your health and the animal population at large. You’re giving hope back to those that have nearly lost theirs. You get to share your life with someone whose love never waivers or falters. And you’re doing it all with the peace of mind knowing that you truly saved each other. Take a moment to peruse your local shelters like The Humane Society of Charlotte, Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love, Mac Tabby, Pitts and Giggles, or hop on Petfinder.com or Adoptapet.com and look at all of the wonderful furries out there, just waiting to find a home. You won’t regret it for a second.