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Here are a few different facts you may have not been aware of!

There are several benefits to adopting an animal from your local Humane Society.

Benefits of Having a Pet:

  1. Pets Lessen the Risk of Allergies & Asthma – Most people believe the opposite is true, because some people are allergic to pet dander, but in fact the longer you are around your pet the better you antibodies are able to cope with other allergens around you! Instead of buying local honey to ward off spring and fall allergens, get a furry friend you can have for years!
  2. Pets Reduce Stress – In one study, patients who spent a short amount of time with a dog before upcoming treatment operation experienced a 37 percent reduction in their anxiety levels, perhaps because the animal’s presence helped distract them from their concerns
  3. Dogs Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol – Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
  4. Cats Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Attack – Researchers looked at nearly 4,500 adults and found that cat ownership was related to a 40 percent lower risk of suffering a fatal heart attack. Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
  5. Pets Can Help People with Serious Illness – Some medical doctors recommend “pet prescriptions” to their patients who are alone and need companionship
  6. Dogs Help with Weight Loss – Dogs love to be walked! And the more you walk, the more active you are! The FDA reccomends 60 minutes of activity a day to keep your weight under control, and a dog makes exercise so much easier!

Other Benefits:

  • Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
  • Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax
  • Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
  • A pet doesn’t have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and pulse rate.

Questions to ask before Adopting a Pet:

  1. Why do you want to adopt a pet?
  2. Are you ready to make a long-term commitment? Having a pet can be equally as taxing as having a child. They come with a lot of responsibility.
  3. Do you know what kind of pet is right for you? Always check the breeds of your pet and that particular breeds habits.
  4. Can you afford to care for your pet’s health and safety?
  5. Will you be able to spend quality time together?
  6. Are you prepared to deal with an animal’s health challenges?
  7. Are you willing to train your animal companion? A better trained pet makes for an easier household.
  8. Are you prepared to pet-proof your home?
  9. Is your living space adequate for an animal companion?
  10. Is your family ready for a pet?

Tips for Adopting a Pet

  1. Before you adopt a pet, talk to your family members about what they want.
  2. Realize that children can not be solely responsible for the well being of your family pet.
  3. Make sure your family is ready for the changes a new pet will bring.
  4. Learn which breeds would match well with your family. For Ex: You would not want a large breed dog for a small apartment. You would not want a skiddish cat if you have young children that really want to be hands on.
  5. Confirm whether anyone in your family suffers from allergies.
  6. Teach your family and kids about pet parenting before you adopt.
  7. Know that some animals and young children may not play well together.
  8. Make sure a pet suits your home and lifestyle. Make sure you have plenty of time for yourself and for your pet.
  9. Have plenty of supplies available for your pet at all times. There’s nothing like running out of dog food or cat litter, and just realizing it in the middle of the night or while you’re at work.
  10. Create a schedule to share responsibility for caring for your pet if you have responsibilities that you can share with someone.

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