8 Benefits of Adopting a Pet

Adopting a rescue pet has many advantages, including the opportunity to improve your general well-being, by having a loving companion for life. Here are 8 reasons why adopting a pet can enrich your life.

Did you know February 7 is national Pet Adoption Day? It’s a timely reminder of how wonderful adopting a pet can be, for both the rescuer and animal. Here are just 8 of the many benefits you’ll receive when you give a homeless pet a lifelong and loving home.

1. Saving a life is extremely rewarding

Having a pet in your life means you’re completely responsible for another beings welfare - a huge responsibility but extremely rewarding. Animals teach us a lot about unconditional love and importantly, about appreciating the simple moments.

2. Helps keep your other pets happy

With our increasingly busy lifestyles, we tend to spend less time at home often leaving our pets alone for periods of time. Animals who fret or suffer from anxiety may be helped by the addition of a companion.

3. Helps overcome loneliness and isolation

A constant source of sofa snuggles, slobbery kisses, a friendly face and a shoulder to cry on, pets work wonders when helping us overcome loneliness and isolation.

4. Brings joy to the lives of older people

Older people can often find themselves isolated and lonely due to reduced mobility and independence, or the death of a spouse. Having a pet to care for can provide a sense of purpose, as well as a companion.

5. Provides an exercise buddy

Having a dog (or adventurous cat!) that relies on you for their daily walk is great motivation to get out and be active. All animals require some level of exercise and having a pet to remind you to get moving means you will achieve your fitness goals in no time!

6. You might be saving a life

The sad reality is that rescue pets have a grim future without adoption, so by welcoming a new pet into your home you may be saving a life. Giving an animal the chance of life is incredibly rewarding and they will thank you everyday with unlimited love and affection.

7. Inspires a career change

We’re often thrown unexpected challenges in life and change is sometimes as good as a holiday.

8. Helps reduce over population and not contribute to the problem

Most pets who are adopted have been spayed or neutered, the most responsible pet ownership practice.

Give homeless pets across Australia a lifelong and loving home by participating in the nationwide Pet Adoption Day from 10am – 2pm on Saturday 7 February, an initiative led by PETstock’s charity foundation, PETstock Assist, in partnership with not-for-profit animal rescue organisation, PetRescue. For more information about the nationwide Pet Adoption Day on 7 February visit PETstock.com.au.

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