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Shelter Pets Give You So Much Love

Maybe, as you consider buying an animal, you’ve overlooked your community’s animal shelter. Slowly, you’ve been saving up the thousands of dollars you need for that pedigree pet you’ve been waiting for, seemingly forever. Change your focus. Look at rescue pets instead.

You Save a Pet’s Life

Animals in shelters have been relinquished for several reasons. Maybe they were abandoned by their previous owners. Whatever the reason, when you adopt a pet from a shelter, you’re saving its life. If it stays in the shelter, it’s more likely to be euthanized.

No Two Shelter Rescues are Alike

Okay, so a rescued pet may not be a pedigreed animal, but it will, for sure, be one individual, unique animal. You won’t find another like it anywhere else (unless it had a twin). You’ll get so much love, you’ll forget you ever thought of buying a pedigree animal.

Resist Animal Cruelty

Pets bought from pet stores are often “products” of puppy and kitten mills, which don’t always take care to provide the best care for the parents and babies. They may be sick.

Be an Example

If your neighborhood is populated with “pet store” pets, take a walk on the other side of the street. Adopt a shelter animal and, just maybe, you’ll give others the nudge they need to do the same.

Slow Down Overpopulation of the Animal Population

When animals come into the shelter, they are given full health checks, parasite checks, de-wormings, immunizations. . . and they are spayed or neutered. Result: You help to slow animal overpopulation.

Your Rescued Pet Will be in Better Health

This means that, when a pet is ready for adoption, it is in good health and less likely to pass illnesses on to other pets you may have.

Dollars to Rescues. .  .

Compare a pedigree animal’s cost to a rescue pet’s. You’ll spend at least $700 for that pedigree animal. That rescue: At most, $200. All told. Seriously!

You’re Helping Your Community and Shelter

Adopting a shelter pet means you’re helping your community’s shelter. These are chronically short of badly needed funding. When you adopt a rescue, your dollars are used to help get other strays, abandoned or relinquished animals off the streets.

Come On! They’re Waiting!

So, what’s the reason for your delay? Every minute you wait means a minute without the love of a rescued, adopted pet in your life.


9 Reasons To Adopt A Dog

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Helping to reduce puppy farming and unlawful pet shops

Puppy farming is an illegal process of breeding puppies for sale for the intent of maximizing profit, without any care or empathy for the dogs health and well being. Dogs that are used for the intent of puppy farming are unlawfully forced to breed several times, which has a significant impact on their health and the puppies that are born. They are often kept in terrible conditions without any basic care. Those that run these puppy farms are not concerned about the dogs health as their only vested interest is money made from the sale of the puppies.

These particular dogs often receive ever little, or no veteran healthcare and are often destroyed once they’ve been used several times to produce puppies.
In addition to this dogs and puppies for sale at ‘pet shops’ are products of this unlawful breeding practice and are subjected to terrible circumstances. Adopting a dog or puppy from a reputable breeder, animal charity, or animal shelter, will help toward reducing this awful breeding process and prevent you from funding this illegal trade.


Saving a dogs life

Adopting can help provide animals with a second chance that they truly deserve. Many poor animals that have been rescued have often been subjected to horrific conditions such as neglect, cruelty and on some occasion’s abandonment. There are also occasions where the owner is no longer able to care for their animals due to ill health or death.

Those that work at shelters and charities work very hard in nursing the animals back to good health and help them become rehabilitate. Everything is done to ensure that the animal is fully prepared to go to a new home. Deciding to adopt a dog, or puppy can give them a new, loving stable home and help stop overpopulation and there are many lovely dogs for adoption available all over the UK.


Can help benefit children

Children can be taught valuable life skills through owning a pet, such as the importance of responsibility. Re-homing a pet will teach you children who to show empathy and compassion for others and make them think of others before themselves. Adopting a pet can also help with children’s anxiety and help provide them with the security, as their safe in the knowledge that their best friend will always be there when needed. Pets can also provide lots of love and companionship.


Save you money

Majority of shelters microchip, neuter, vaccinate and spay the animals that come into their care. This can help you save money on the costs to provide this necessary treatment, as you wont have to pay out for this yourself. The cost to adopt a pet is far cheaper than buying a pet from a breeder.


Majority of the animals are house trained

Animals that come from shelters, or charities have often been house trained in their previous home if they are older. This can help save you lots of time of training them through this process.


Adopting a pet helps supports spaying and neutering

Spaying and neutering all animals is very important in helping control the animal population. Many pets that are not spayed or neutered contribute towards the issue of unwanted animals, which results in over populated animals shelters. Adopting an animal means that your pet has been spayed or neutered.


Older animals make wonderful companions

Many of those that consider adopting a pet, often go for puppies or kittens without looking at the advantages of having an older pet. If the pet has already received their training, then your house is less likely to be destroyed from biting, toilet accidents and general issues from having a puppy or kitten. Older pets are much calmer, quiet and love noting more than to sit and relax within your company. Puppies and kittens require far more attention and often are very demanding in their early stages. Older pets have established their personality and behavioural traits, so it’s much easier for you to see which would be the best fit for you and your family.


Improve your health and happiness

There’s has been lots of studies that have shown that owning a pet can elongate your life and help combat stress and anxiety levels. It can also help with depression and may other aliments. The affection received from owning a pet can help form strong bonds. Stroking your pet can help reduce your stress levels and blood pressure and playing with them can increase your serotonin levels and dopamine that your body produce, which makes you feel calmer and relaxed.

Walking with your pet can also help work towards your exercise goals and meet other like-minded pet owners.


Forever unconditional love

Finally, the companionship between you and your pet is unbreakable, and they will love you regardless of whatever happens and will always be there for you. It has been said that animals that have been reduced form the strongest bonds and will forever be grateful.


Bio: Giedrius loves to write about pets of all kinds and is a regular dog advice blogger at Mypetzilla

22 Ways Cats Make People Happier And Healthier

What would you say if I told you that being a cat parent is adding years to your life by making you healthier and happier? If you’re thinking of telling me to take a hike and get real, hold your disbelief until you check out what we’ve got in store for you today!

I knew that my cats were amazing and that I loved having them around, but until I dug deeper into the research, I had no idea that those little creatures walking around my house were actually adding years to my life.

They keep our blood pressure under control; help us to manage stress, help our heart grow stronger, and much more.

Check out the infographic below to get a detailed breakdown of the many ways that cats can help us humans in a whole lot of different ways. (And hey – it’s even backed up by science and research!)

If you want to learn more about the details behind each benefit, check out the original infographic at!

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Why You Should Get a Pet

Why should someone even get a pet? Isn’t that too much trouble? To answer these questions, getting an animal companion actually offers more benefits despite the small troubles that accompanies it. These are the reasons as to why you should get a pet and make it a new family member in your home.


Pets Are Entertaining

It is without a doubt that pets provide entertainment. Perhaps, they even provide a type of entertainment that surpasses movies, TV shows, video games, or other hobbies since having a pet involves another living being. Dogs, cats, rabbits may be popular since they are cute and cuddly but other types of exotic pets such as snakes have been proven to provide amusement for other owners with unique tastes. Whatever animal you decided to become a pet, each animal has its own behavior and unique way in making you feel happy.


Pets Reduce Stress

This phrase may have been said a thousand times but this can never be stressed enough. The digital age has brought about information overload that keeps our attention preoccupied which makes the world more stressful recently. Though there are various ways on how to handle stress, owning a pet happens to be one of them. Pets are like non-verbal best friends who are always ready to lend an ear and do so without judgment. There won’t be time worrying about something that you do not have control of because you are pretty much preoccupied with playing or taking care of your pet. With your animal companion, you will definitely feel more relaxed and are able to let some steam out.


Pets Provide Companionship

It’s not always that your friends will be readily available for you whenever you need someone to talk your problems to or simply just to hang out with. Your friends may have something more important to do or is just plain unavailable at the moment. However, the same cannot be said about your furry friend. There are countless of stories about people recovering from anxiety or illness just because they decided to have a pet.


Research suggest that being with a pet can have various health benefits like better heart health, boost one’s immune system, enhance mental health, and ease physical pain.


Pets Teaches You Responsibility and Compassion

Pets teaches you to be responsible since they require you to take care of them. This is true especially for kids because it teaches them how to tend to the needs of another living creature. By having the task of giving it food, bath, playtime, and attending to its medical needs with regular check ups to the veterinary clinic, pets are perfect opportunities to teach both kids and adults a sense of responsibility. All of these also makes the person become more compassionate to others and this applies not only to animals but to fellow humans as well. The pet depends on you for their survival and happiness and you respond to their needs as an act of kindness. By being able to tend the needs of another creature, you will be able to look past beyond your own needs. Being more compassionate will certainly improve your relationships with other people which this leads to less stressful situations as well as a brighter life overall.