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Ready to Adopt a Pet? Consider a Cat or Dog!

Are you looking for a new best friend to help start the new year off right? Why not adopt a cat or dog from your local animal shelter! There are so many furry friends waiting for their forever homes, and adopting is cheaper and healthier for both you and your new pet. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of adoption.


The Benefits of Adopting a Pet

There are so many benefits to adoption, both for you and your new furry friend! Adopting a pet can:

- reduce stress and anxiety levels
- improve cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- improve mental health and well-being by providing companionship and increasing feelings of happiness and social connectedness
- increase opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
- provide children with responsibility, empathy, and self-esteem boosts
- teach patience, gentleness, and nurture

Caring for a pet can also help deter depression, ease loneliness, ward off memory loss in older adults, and much more!

Adopting Saves Lives!

Did you know that every year, approximately 6.5 million animals enter shelters in the United States? Of those animals, about 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Sadly, each year, around 2.7 million healthy, adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters due to a lack of space. When you adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue organization, you're not only giving that animal a loving home - you're also saving its life!

Adopting is Also Cheaper In the Long Run

Many people think that adopting a pet is expensive because they only see the initial adoption fee. However, when you factor in the cost of food, toys, routine vet care (including vaccinations), license fees (if required), spaying/neutering (also required in many jurisdictions), microchipping, etc., you'll actually end up spending less money over the lifetime of your adopted pet than if you had purchased that same pet from a breeder or pet store.

So what are you waiting for? If you're ready to add a furry friend to your family, head on down to your local animal shelter today! Not only will you be giving a lucky animal the gift of a lifetime - you'll also be reaping all of the wonderful benefits that come along with owning a pet.

- Vivian van Zyl

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