The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates there are around 6.5 million pets who come to shelters across the country each year. Out of these, around 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
These pets anxiously wait for someone to take them home, make them a part of their family, and treat them as greatly as they deserve to be treated. If you are considering this but haven’t decided yet, here are eight reasons why you should adopt a pet.
1. Pets Lower the Heart Disease Risks
According to the American Heart Association, owning a pet, especially a dog, significantly lowers the risks associated with heart disease. That makes sense if you consider the fact that dog owners are more physically active than those who don’t own a dog, implying a lower risk of heart attack later in life.
2. You Will Have a Friend for Life
Pets are a human’s best friend. They are always sincere and will be by your side in times of joy, as well as sorrow. When you live with one, it’s like living with your best friend, without it talking back. In human words, that is.
They will love you unconditionally until the end of their lives. They’ll probably even dream about you, as some studies show that it is more than likely that dogs at least, dream about their owners.
3. They Decrease Stress Levels
Stress and anxiety are the modern world’s main illnesses. Pets are able to help us relax, as studies show that petting a purring cat or a sleeping dog can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels.
You’ll therefore feel more relaxed and more able to fulfill your everyday tasks with joy and energy.
4. Tax Reasons
Adopting a pet from a shelter will bring you more than just emotional and health benefits. It can even help you reduce your taxes.
That’s because adopting a pet is considered a charitable act in the U.S. and it can help you reduce your taxes by counting pet food or insurance expenses as deductions. All you have to do is make sure you keep all the bills and receipts related to these expenses and that you have a written agreement with the shelter or organization where you adopted the pet from.
5. Insurance Discounts
Adopting a pet might also bring you certain discounts or free trials on some insurance plans you choose to enroll the pet with, as opposed to buying a pet, in which case no such discounts are available.
PetFirst, for instance, is one of the companies that actively supports pet adoption from shelters. It offers 30 days of free insurance for its network shelters, without any waiting periods whatsoever. This way, adopted pet parents can rely on a free first month of insurance to take care of any health issues the pet might have.
6. You Will Always Have Company
After you adopt a pet, or several, you will never be lonely again! Nor alone, as a matter of fact. Your pet will love you so much that it will never want to be away from you. It will come to the point where it will want to accompany you to the bathroom, and it may even jump in the bathtub with you. Which leads to reason number seven…
7. They Are a Lot of fun
All in all, adopted pets are a lot of fun, after they adapt to you and their new homes. Your new cat will always want to check out the groceries you bring home and your dog will be happier to see you than anyone else. Now, that alone is a reason to adopt a pet. Or even several, if your finances and space allow it.
8. They Offer Unconditional Love
An adopted pet will love you for his or her entire life and will offer unconditional companionship, love, and friendship without a hidden agenda.
When treated right, they will offer you all their love and make your life much more fulfilling, beautiful, joyous, and serene.