Top 5 Changes to Your Life After Pet Adoption

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I am excited and honored to be participating in this year’s 2012 Pet ‘Net Event! Organized by Petside, Pet ‘Net brings together pet-focused bloggers to write about a single topic. The next 5 days (November  26 to 30) will be dedicated to this year’s topic: Pet Adoption.

Because this year marks Pet ‘Net’s 5th anniversary, my supporting posts are all in 5’s!

And be sure to visit the Pet ‘Net hub page everyday this week to enter your zip code. After all the zips are tallied, a $5,000 donation from Petside will be given to a local animal shelter in the winning community. The winning shelter will be announced on December 17.

Read. Learn. Enjoy. (And maybe, Adopt!)

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Your life will change when you adopt a pet. Some of the changes won’t be fun, but the benefits will outweigh the work! Here are my 5 ways your life will change when you adopt a pet!

More Chores

Yes, having a pet means taking care of it. How complicated the chores are depends on the type of pet you pick. At minimum, you’ll need to provide food and water every day and clean out the aquarium every few weeks. Schedule time in your day to take care of your new buddy. And enjoy the fulfillment and humbling wonder of caring for a being who’s life would be the worse but for you.

Fewer Lattes

You might need to cut back on your coffee house drinks because, depending on the pet you pick, pet adoption can be expensive. Especially if you’ve fallen in love with a little dog that looks adorable in doggie duds and needs professional grooming every week. But you probably won’t miss the lattes–time spent cuddling with the pooch will take the place of time at the coffee house.

Unconditional love

Trite, but true–and probably the best of all the changes to your life after pet adoption. When you’ve had a crappy day at the office, your dog will snuggle up to you and you’ll know everything is alright. The perfect purring companionship of your cat will punctuate your evenings. There will always be someone soft and cozy to snuggle with on a cold night. You will never be home alone–and your barking companion will give a burglar pause before he tries to break into your home. And no matter what kind of stupid mistake you made today, there is no judgment in those furry eyes. Only love.

Exercise

You now have a reason to get up in the morning. You’ve got to walk the dog. You’ve got to feed the cat and change the litter pan. Taking care of your pet will make you move more. You might find you’re getting rid of  that 10 pounds you’ve been trying to loose for years.

Buster Small Paws helped his human through the loss of her mom.

Buster Small Paws helped his human through the loss of her mom.

 

Longer, Happier Life

It has been scientifically proven that pets make us happier and healthier. The simple act of stroking a dog or cat can decrease blood pressure and lessen stress. Heart attack victims who have pets in their lives tend to live longer than those without pets. According to a 2007 study, people with pets go to the doctor 15% less than people without pets. Having a pet can help us fight depression and give us a sense of purpose. Pets inspire us with compassion and self-esteem–which make us better people. (More details in a great article on Petside).

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PET ADOPTION FACTOID: The cost of spaying and neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for one year.